Isco and Cazorla back with Spain; Luis Enrique still absent

Published 7:15 a.m. ET May 17, 2019 | Updated 8:50 a.m. ET May 17, 2019

MADRID (AP) — Santi Cazorla was told by doctors a few years ago he would have a hard time walking with his son in the garden.

On Friday, coaches told him he will be playing for Spain again.

The 34-year-old Cazorla was the surprise name in Spain’s squad for next month’s European Championship qualifiers, marking the return of the attacking midfielder to the national team for the first time in four years after serious injuries threatened more than just his career.

Francisco “Isco” Alarcón also made it back for the matches against the Faeroe Islands and Sweden in June, while coach Luis Enrique again was absent because of personal reasons.

Also called up was Real Sociedad forward Mikel Oyazarbal, while back from injuries were Iago Aspas, Dani Carvajal, and Diego Llorente. Missing from the list were previous regulars such as Jorge “Koke” Resurrección, Saúl Ñíguez and Dani Ceballos.

Cazorla hasn’t been with the national team since November 2015.

“He is here because of his performance, which has been really good since the beginning of the season,” assistant Spain coach Robert Moreno said. “He is an…

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