David Villa says he feels '100 per cent' after being part of a Spanish national squad for the first time since an eight month lay-off.

The forward came off the bench and scored a penalty in Friday's 5-0 friendly rout of Saudi Arabia but played no part in La Roja's 1-0 qualifying win over Georgia in Tbilisi last night.

“Every day I feel better, more eager to have a great season, and to go back to being a useful player for my team,” said Villa at a press conference. “Obviously it has been a long and complicated injury but I feel 100 per cent, otherwise I would not have been called up.”

The former Valencia striker has made just two appearances for Barcelona this season, both off the bench, but is not in any rush.

“After all I've been through it wouldn't make sense to rush now for 10 or 15 days. Barca have supported me at all times and made it clear they were not going to reinforce the forward line because they had confidence in the players in their workforce.

“I have been in the hands of the best professionals. It's not about me being brave but I feel no fear and I think you can see that in every training session.”

Villa, who broke his tibia late last year, doesn't believe the Blaugrana have become over reliant on Lionel Messi in his absence.

“Messi is a unique player and will score goals with or without me,” he added. “All I want is to be useful to the team, I'll play in any position.”

The 30-year-old also touched on Barca's meeting with Getafe this weekend, and dismissed the old talk of ructions between Barca and Real players in the Spanish national camp.

“Getafe is one of the most difficult places to go. We were not expecting to be five points clear of Real at this stage, so we have to play like a final to keep that edge.

“There is no problem between Barcelona and Real players, as there was none before. But it is not just about us, there are players from other teams that are very important in La Seleccion.”

 

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