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Last Updated: Monday, 11 July, 2005, 13:39 GMT 14:39 UK
Woodgate to miss Real Madrid tour
Jonathan Woodgate
England defender Jonathan Woodgate has been left out of Real Madrid's 24-man squad to tour the US and Asia.

The 25-year-old will remain in Spain as he continues his recovery from a long-term thigh injury.

Woodgate has not played for Real since joining from Newcastle for 13.4m in August 2004 but he has returned to training with the first-team.

Walter Samuel will also stay put as he recovers from a fractured nose but Liverpool target Luis Figo will travel.

England's David Beckham and Michael Owen are also included in the tour party by coach Wanderley Luxemburgo.

The pre-season schedule includes games against Guadalajara and LA Galaxy in America before Real play Beijing Gouan in China and Tokyo Verdy and Jubilo Iwata in Japan.

The tour ends with a trip to Thailand to play Bangkok.

Meanwhile, Uruguay stars Pablo Garcia and Carlos Diogo passed their medicals at Real on Monday to become the club's first signings of the close season.

Midfielder Garcia, 28, has agreed to a four-year contract at Real after moving from Primera Liga rivals Osasuna.

Right-back Diogo, 21, signed a five-year contract having come from Argentine side River Plate.





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