Valencia striker David Villa will miss Spain's final 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ qualifying matches against Armenia and Bosnia later this month after tearing his right thigh muscle in a weekend league match, the club said Monday.

The 27-year-old, the top scorer at UEFA EURO 2008 and currently the leading marksman in La Liga with six goals, will be out of action for about three weeks, it said in a statement.

He picked up the injury during Sunday's 1-0 win away to Racing Santander and had to be replaced by Nikola Zigic. Spain, who have already qualified for the 2010 finals in South Africa, face Armenia on 10 October and Bosnia four days later.