Spain's title defence at the 2014 World Cup hasn't gone according to plan, and things aren't looking up for La Roja ahead of their final Group B match against Australia.
As reported by AS, Barcelona star Xavi won't be part of Vicente del Bosque's starting XI on Monday as he is still recovering from a muscular problem:
The veteran midfielder has enjoyed a long and fruitful career with the Spanish national team, and it now appears he could have played his final minutes on the biggest stage of them all.
Sport's Rik Sharma even thinks we may never see him defend the colours of his nation again:
Iniesta will win his 100th Spain cap tomorrow. Xavi, injured, won't play and has probably worn the Spain jersey for the last time.— Rik Sharma (@riksharma_) June 22, 2014
TV4's Johanna Gara couldn't hide her disappointment:
Nooooo. Del Bosque saying now that Xavi most possibly won't play tomorrow.— Johanna Garå (@johannagara) June 22, 2014
Xavi had been unable to truly impress during Spain's loss against Netherlands earlier in the tournament and was dropped for the defeat to Chile, as the defending champions became the first team to be officially eliminated from the 2014 World Cup.
Despite his struggles, Xavi was expected to be given one final match against Australia, and while it would not have been the perfect ending to a wonderful international career, the midfield maestro would have preferred the chance to shine for the Spanish team one last time.
It's not the end fans and the player himself would have wanted, but Xavi will surely be receiving a standing ovation for everything he has given to the game once the tie between Australia and Spain is over.