Arbeloa told the Spanish media: "The coach called me after naming the squad, to see how I was and to know if I could make the game. But we have decided that as I will not be able to be 100% it was best to leave it.
"I hope I am selected for the next game because now I have the taste for it. I hope I'll be lucky enough to play in the following match."
"It's disappointing because we didn't know how much time I would be out for," he said.
"It is a shame because it has not gone as quickly as we had expected. I am still around a week away from returning."