Spain manager Vicente del Bosque has admitted that he is frustrated with the absence of Carles Puyol at Euro 2012.
The 61-year-old boss conceded that losing the Barcelona experienced midfielder came as a massive blow for the Spanish national team, after receiving the news that Puyol has been ruled out of the European tournament due to a knee injury.
The Spain international has been capped 98 times for his home country and was a key figure when Spain conquered both Euro 2008 and 2010 World Cup trophies, and so Del Bosque could not hide his sadness.
"This is a big setback," he said to AS.
Del Bosque has also expressed his hopes that David Villa can fully recover from his injury and be able to play at the Euro 2012 in Poland and Ukraine.
"Villa is a serious doubt. We are worried, it is very hard to call up someone if they cannot play a single match," he added.
Spain were drawn in Group C of the European tournament, together with Italy, Croatia and Republic of Ireland.