World Cup - Koke, Mario to start for Spain, Isco out

Isco looks a certainty to miss Spain’s World Cup qualifier against Finland, whilst Koke and Mario Suarez could be handed starts.

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Real Madrid have won the race to sign Malaga playmaker Isco

Training on Thursday evening saw Real Madrid’s young playmaker limp out before the end, still suffering in discomfort with an ankle injury sustained earlier in the week.

The injury is believed to have virtually ruled Isco out of participation in tonight’s Group I meeting in Helsinki with Finland and travelling to Geneva next week for the friendly with Chile.

However, it is also understood it is not a major concern as far as his availability for Real Madrid’s next match is concerned.

Meanwhile, Atletico Madrid’s Koke was once more the novelty in training, being worked at right-back in the preferred starting XI.

Indications are that the youngster and club team-mate Mario Suarez will both be starting against Finland, whilst Raul Albiol will deputise for Gerard Pique in defence.

Around Suarez is likely to be a Barcelona midfield with Atleti’s David Villa in attack.

Victor Valdes is believed to have the advantage over Iker Casillas and Pepe Reina between the sticks.

Spain probable XI to play Finland: Valdes; Koke, Ramos, Albiol, Alba; Xavi, Suarez, Iniesta; Fabregas, Villa, Pedro

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