Salgado out of Euro 2004, Capdevila in
MADRID, June 2 (Reuters) - Defender Michel Salgado has been forced to pull out of Spain's squad for Euro 2004 because of a thigh injury and will be replaced by Deportivo Coruna fullback Joan Capdevila.
Spain coach Inaki Saez made the surprise decision to substitute Salgado for the left-sided Deportivo player after doctors confirmed the Real Madrid right back would be out of action for up to 15 days because of a torn thigh muscle.
Capdevila's club colleague Manuel Pablo was thought to be the favourite to replace Salgado, but Saez has decided to reshuffle his defence in the wake of the Real Madrid player's injury.
Saez is now likely to move Barcelona defender Carles Puyol to his favoured right back slot and use Capdevila or Real Madrid defender Raul Bravo on the left.
Capdevila has won just three caps for Spain, making his last appearance in the 2-0 victory over Denmark in March.
'Of course I'm really pleased to have been called up, it is just a shame about the circumstances,' Capdevila told Spanish state television as he left Barcelona airport to join the rest of the squad.
Earlier Spain's team doctor Genaro Borras confirmed that Salgado would miss the side's opening two games in Portugal because of the injury he sustained in training on Tuesday.
'He has a small tear in his thigh muscle,' Borras told a news conference at the team's training base in Las Rozas on Wednesday.
'It is a low level tear that will take between 10 and 15 days to heal. It is good that it is only a small tear, but more worrying is the area it affects which makes it more complicated.'
Spain play their opening match in Group A against Russia on June 12, face Greece four days later and then meet hosts Portugal on June 20.