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Barcelona's Thiago to miss Olympics due to injury

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July 1, 2012: Spain's Jordi Alba celebrates scoring his side's second goal during the Euro 2012 soccer championship final between Spain and Italy in Kiev, Ukraine. (AP2012)

Barcelona's Thiago Alcantara will miss the London Olympics because of a leg injury.

Thiago hurt his right tibia in the King's Cup final against Athletic Bilbao in May. Barcelona won 3-0.

In a statement Thursday, Barcelona said doctors have determined Thiago needs several more weeks to fully recover, ruling him out of the Olympics that start July 27.

Spain's Olympic squad will feature three players from the country's winning European Championship team -- Juan Mata, Jordi Alba and Javi Martinez.

Coach Luis Milla selected 22 players but will trim the roster to 18.

Mata's Chelsea teammate Oriol Romeu is also on the team, and so is Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea.

Thiago helped Spain's Under-21 team win the European continental title last season.