Chelsea star Cesc Fabregas must to report to Madrid for a medical examination with Spain national team doctors this week, despite being ruled out of international duty by Blues boss Jose Mourinho.
Fabregas was carrying an injury niggle going into Saturday's 2-1 win over Liverpool at Anfield, but Mourinho decided to take a calculated risk on his midfield maestro due to the importance of the match.
Mourinho ruled Fabregas out for three weeks immediately following that victory due to a torn thigh muscle, but Spanish newspaper AS has reported that Vicente del Bosque will insist on his medical staff making their own checks before sending the ex-Arsenal captain back to London.
Did Cesc really need to play 95 minutes?
Del Bosque is perfectly within his rights to wonder why Fabregas played the full 90 minutes, plus five of added time, if he was struggling prior to kick-off.
Mourinho is of course no stranger to confrontation with Del Bosque over his Spanish internationals, although its normally Diego Costa that's the subject of a dispute between the two regarding a key player's fitness.
Del Bosque has his say
La Roja's veteran tactician held a press conference ahead of Spain's qualifier with Belarus and inevitably he was asked about Fabregas, but remained adamant an assessment from Spain staff was necessary.
Del Bosque said: "The most prudent thing is that he sees the Spanish national team medical staff.
"It’s not a lack of confidence in the medical staff at his club, but after playing 95 minutes this weekend we would like to see him and examine him.”
Both Chelsea and Spain still fully expect Fabregas to play no part in Spain's fixtures against Belarus and Germany, but the trip to Madrid is an inconvenience the Blues will definitely feel their midfield maestro can do without.