September 30, 2022

Madrid (AFP) – Ballon d’Or winner Alexia Butillas injured her left knee in training on Tuesday, three days before Spain’s opening game at the European Women’s Championship.

The Spanish Football Federation said the extent of Botellas’ injury has yet to be determined, and whether she will remain with the tournament’s squad in England.

The federation did not go into details about the knee affected by Butillas’ sprain.

She is set to lead the Spain national team, which enters a major women’s tournament as one of the favorites for the first time. The team has been bolstered by the significant growth in women’s football in recent years, highlighted by Barcelona winning their first Champions League title and Real Madrid establishing their women’s team – all since the Women’s World Cup in 2019.

Spain has an unbeaten streak that started in March 2020, and ranks seventh in the world all-time.

The women’s Euro will open on Friday in Group B against Finland. Also in the group are Denmark and Germany, the eight-time European champion.

Spain’s best achievement at the European Women’s Championship was the semi-finals in 1997. It reached the quarter-finals in 2013 and 2017.

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