MADRID - Spain should not be too concerned about the absence of key players due to injury before Friday's World Cup Group I qualifier against Finland, according to coach Vicente del Bosque.
The world and European champions, who top the group by one point from France after five of eight matches, will be missing midfielders Sergio Busquets and Xabi Alonso for the game in Helsinki before they play a friendly against Chile in Geneva on Sept. 10.
Del Bosque told Tuesday's edition of As sports daily there was no need to make a drama out of the absences, saying Spain had plenty of other players capable of rising to the occasion.
"We have a number of important midfielders missing," the former Real Madrid coach said before the squad met up at the Spanish football federation (RFEF) headquarters outside Madrid on Tuesday.
"But those that are here will do a good job because they are in excellent shape.
"We are relaxed about the trip to Finland due to the players we ultimately have selected."
Del Bosque mounted another strong defence of his captain and goalkeeper Iker Casillas, who has yet to win back his place in the Real Madrid starting lineup after injuring his hand and then falling out with coach Jose Mourinho last season.
Barcelona keeper Victor Valdes has been in fine early-season form, prompting speculation that he might start Friday's match.