David Villa was sidelined due to Arthritis injury to his left knee

David Villa, who is Spain’s all-time leading international scorer, has been ruled out of the FIFA World Cup Qualifiers against Belarus and Georgia next week due to arthritis in his left ankle.

The Atletico Madrid striker was forced off just before the hour mark of his side’s 2-1 win over Celta Vigo on Sunday.

“The Asturian player is suffering from arthritis in his left ankle, the medical services of the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) have been informed, which will make his presence in the squad managed by Vicente del Bosque impossible,” the RFEF said in a statement.

David Villa’s arthritis injury means he will be out of football action for some time and hence Swansea City forward Michu has been called into the Spain squad for the two World Cup Qualifiers.

It is a first international call-up for Michu, who has scored five times for the Welsh side this season following an incredible debut campaign in the English Premier League with 22 goals last season.

Spain need just four points from their remaining two qualifiers to guarantee their place at next year’s World Cup finals in Brazil.