David Villa will miss his first MLS All-Star game. (FrontRowSoccer.com Photo)

NEW YORK – New York City FC striker David Villa has been forced to withdraw from Wednesday’s MLS All-Star Game due to injury.

The Spanish international, who has scored eight goals in 10 starts this season, has missed NYCFC’s last six games and will not be ready to return for the game vs. Juventus at the Mercedes Benz Arena in Atlanta.

As a result of missing the All-Star Game, Villa is automatically unable to take part in next weekend’s home game vs. Vancouver Whitecaps at Yankee Stadium, per MLS rules.

It will be the first MLS All-Star Game Villa has missed in his four years in the league.

NYCFC midfielder Alex Ring will travel to Atlanta and could participate in his first All-Star Game after serving a one-game suspension for yellow card accumulation Sunday.

Front Row Soccer editor Michael Lewis has covered 13 World Cups (eight men, five women), seven Olympics and 25 MLS Cups. He has written about New York City FC, New York Cosmos, the New York Red Bulls and both U.S. national teams for Newsday and has penned a soccer history column for the Guardian.com. Lewis, who has been honored by the Press Club of Long Island and National Soccer Coaches Association of America, is the former editor of BigAppleSoccer.com. He has written seven books about the beautiful game and has published ALIVE AND KICKING The incredible but true story of the Rochester Lancers. It is available at Amazon.com.