Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has been ruled out of Spain’s European Qualifier against Belarus on Saturday.
The 27-year-old, who arrived for national duty with a hamstring complaint, had a MRI scan in Madrid on Tuesday morning.
Fabregas will also miss the match against world champions Germany next week but hopes to be available for Chelsea’s next match on November 22.
The Barclays Premier League leaders will entertain West Brom at Stamford Bridge before travelling to Germany to play Schalke in the Champions League three days later.
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Fabregas has shone since moving to west London from Barcelona this summer, and has forged an impressive partnership with another former La Liga player, Diego Costa.
A statement from the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) said: "The Chelsea midfielder has been ruled out for the games against Belarus and Germany following tests and an evaluation of his condition that was carried out this morning by the medical staff of the Spanish national team.
"The MRI done this morning in the Sanitas Clinic in La Moraleja showed a clear improvement with respect to the one done by his club on Sunday.
"Although the MRI discards a hamstring tear, the player continues to have discomfort and the medical team considers that his involvement in the next games would not be advisable for his complete recovery."