Cesc Fabregas out, Marc Bartra in for Spain

Celtic's Giorgos Samaras and Barcelona's Marc Bartra battle for the ball during their Champions League group match on October 1, 2013
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Marc Bartra replaces his injured Barcelona teammate Cesc Fabregas in the Spain squad.

Marc Bartra has been called up to the Spain squad to replace his Barcelona teammate Cesc Fabregas, who has been forced to withdraw with a knee injury.

Fabregas picked up the injury in the latter stages of his side's 4-1 win over Real Betis on Sunday evening, with tests revealing slight damage to his right knee.

As a result, La Roja head coach Vicente del Bosque has called up centre-back Bartra, who has impressed in La Liga for the Spanish champions this season.

The 22-year-old, who is yet to gain a senior cap for Spain, will join up with the rest of the squad on Wednesday morning ahead of friendlies against Equatorial Guinea and South Africa.

Barcelona's forward Pedro Rodriguez celebrates after scoring during the Spanish La Liga match Real Betis vs FC Barcelona at the Benito Villamarin stadium in Sevilla on November 10, 2013
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