Alexia Putellas and Irene Paredes, present at the national team’s concentration


The women’s soccer team began its concentration this Monday at the Las Rozas Soccer City (Madrid) to prepare for the last two games of the 2023-2024 Nations League against Italy and Sweden, with the ticket to the Paris Games at stake. , and to which the FC Barcelona Women’s players Alexia Putellas and Irene Paredes have joined, to evaluate their physical problems and confirm their availability.

The midfielder and the center back were the big news in the call from the coach, Montse Tomé, who described them as “special cases” who will be monitored at all levels from this Monday to evaluate their availability, “ensuring their safety, without forcing them and using common sense.

Putellas had to leave at half-time of the Champions League opener against Portuguese club Benfica on November 14 due to a blow to her left knee and since then she has not been called up again nor has she played in the games against Real Madrid, the Eintracht and Athletic Club. The Guipuzcoan centre-back was absent in the run-up to the duel against the Lisbon team due to tonsillitis and since then she has also missed the other three games.

Goalkeeper Cata Coll was also unable to play against Eintracht last Wednesday or this Sunday in Lezama with FC Barcelona, ​​due to viral gastroenteritis. The goalkeeper also went to Las Rozas this Monday, but could be a doubt in this important last international break.

All of them will undergo the corresponding medical examination before this afternoon’s session, to check if they are suitable to be part of the list for the two international matches, also given their importance in the group.

Spain will play against Italy its first match of the last day of the group stage of the Nations League this Friday (9:30 p.m.) at the Pasarón Stadium in Pontevedra. A victory will certify their ticket for the ‘Final Four’ of 2024, with historic qualification for the Paris Games at stake. The last match of the break will be against Sweden next Tuesday (7:00 p.m.) at the La Rosaleda Stadium in Malaga.

This Monday in Las Rozas will be the first scheduled session for the world champion, who will exercise from 7:00 p.m. with open doors, as happened with the men’s a few weeks ago. In addition, it will be of solidarity, with the initiative of the Royal Spanish Football Federation under the motto ‘Don’t stop playing at being supportive’ and which consists of a solidarity collection of toys.

In this way, all people who are going to attend the ‘Roja’ session are invited to bring a toy, new or used in good condition, which the RFEF will send to different NGOs that work with minors and families in situations of need. vulnerability so that these girls and boys can enjoy a gift this coming Christmas.

To do this, at the entrance to the Ciudad del Fútbol a space will be set up where these toys can be left, which, if used, must be in good condition and with all their parts (and their packaging, whenever possible), and which cannot in any case have violent or sexist connotations. They will be delivered unwrapped so that it can be confirmed that they meet the established requirements, the federation noted.