Playmaker Cesc Fabregas
may have shaken off his hamstring injury in time to feature in
Spain's Euro 2012 Group C opener against Italy on June 10, coach
Vicente del Bosque said on Saturday.
"They did some tests yesterday and the doctors saw that he [Fabregas] is in reasonably good shape," Del Bosque told a news
conference in Seville previewing Spain's final warm-up match
against China on Sunday.
"He will rejoin the rest of his team mates in training at
some point and, possibly, be ready for the 10th," he added.
Fabregas, who will be rested against China as a precaution,
sustained the injury during Barcelona's 3-0 King's Cup final win
over Athletic Bilbao last month before he was named in the world
champions' 23-man squad to defend their continental title in
Poland and Ukraine.
The former Arsenal captain was one of a number of Barca
players who ended an intense season carrying injuries and
central defender Carles Puyol has been ruled out of Euro 2012
after needing knee surgery.
Midfield orchestrator Xavi, a key player in Spain's triumphs
at Euro 2008 and the 2010 World Cup, has been suffering from a
persistent calf problem but told a separate news conference in
Seville on Saturday he was back to full fitness.
"I am in very good shape and very pleased, excited and
physically fine," the 32-year-old said.
"Yesterday I trained (with the national team) for the first
time, I played the King's Cup final, and I was already feeling
good at Real Betis on the final day of the La Liga season [on
May 12]," he added.
"I am ready to compete and to make history again with the
Spain are bidding to become the first nation to win
back-to-back continental titles with a World Cup in between and
Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy told the players on Friday another
victory would help lift the struggling Iberian nation out of its
Del Bosque said he and his players were aware of the wave of
euphoria among Spanish fans about the team's prospects.
"We are under a lot of pressure because the optimism around
us is excessive," he said.
"There are 16 very good teams and it will not be a walk in
the park, but we are used to pressure because we are defending
the title and we are world champions.
"In any case, if we win the European Championship it will
not be the solution to Spain's problems."
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