Spain stars Alvaro Morata and Daniel Carvajal left out of starting XI against Costa Rica with cold blamed on hotel air con at 2022 World Cup

There’s been plenty of talk surrounding air con when looking at how countries are tackling the Qatari heat at the 2022 World Cup.

Now, though, it is actually causing teams problems, as two of Spain’s players aren’t starting their opening game against Costa Rica due to the machinery at their hotel.

Spain will be playing in an airconned stadium on Wednesday – but it’s air con that’s led two of their stars to be unable to start their opening tie

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Spain will be playing in an airconned stadium on Wednesday – but it’s air con that’s led two of their stars to be unable to start their opening tie

As Luis Enrique named his side on Wednesday afternoon, fans were surprised to see Morata and Carvajal were both on the bench.

And talkSPORT’s commentator for the match Nigel Adderley has revealed why they’re not in the starting XI.

He said: “They have missed a couple of players, Morata and Carvajal suffering with colds due to the air conditioning around their hotel.

“Neither have made the starting line-up.”

Instead, Chelsea’s César Azpilicueta has come in at right-back, whilst Real Madrid’s Marco Asensio starts up top as a false nine.

The 2010 World Champions are also missing Jose Gaya at the tournament, after the Valencia left-back suffered a sprained ankle in training and was replaced by Barca youngster Alejandro Balde.


Morata and Carvajal (right) are both suffering with a cold and will be on the bench

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Morata and Carvajal (right) are both suffering with a cold and will be on the bench

Spain will be hoping to reclaim their place at the top of world football in Qatar.

A disappointing exit to hosts Russia in 2018 and a failure to make it out of the groups in 2014 followed their incredible win in 2010.

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