Euro Champs’ given food for thought ahead of South Africa

3rd May 2010 | World Cup Betting category: Football World Cup News
Football World Cup News

The 2008 European Champions, Spain, maybe the favourites to clinch a quick-fire double in South Africa by landing the World Cup crown, but it looks as though injuries will provide them with some unnecessary hurdles that they must first jump in order to continue hitting their peak.

In the English Premier League, Arsenal’s Cesc Fabregas was ruled out for the rest of the season, which in reality was only about a month or so, with a broken leg – suffering from a small crack in his right fibula, but the harsh reality for Spain was Fabregas would then have to spend at least six weeks on the sidelines, leaving him with a mountainous task of regaining his fitness in time for the trip to South Africa.

The second star to be involved in the Premier League for Spain is of course their highly talented and regular goalscorer Fernando Torres. Liverpool’s talismanic forward has been plagued with injuries all season long and has struggled to get a consistent run of games for the Reds. His latest setback, one which ensured he would end Liverpool’s drab season on the sidelines, was a knee injury, although the fact Torres has surgery in advance means he should be fit in time for the finals, but he’ll be short on some crucial match fitness and sharpness as a result.

One of the other notable injury concerns, a player who has also been tied up with injuries, is Barcelona’s Andres Iniesta. The Spain play-maker has been sidelined since the middle of April with a hamstring injury, and while many expect Iniesta to return before the finals kick off, Iniesta has suffered several setbacks along the way to his recovery which has set his return back further than initially planned.

Last, and certainly not least, is another Barcelona engine room worker, Xavi Hernandez. Iniesta’s partner in crime, both for club and country, is apparently playing through the pain barrier for his club in order to end the season with the La Liga title. The reports are that Xavi has a tear in his calf muscle and fears are that he could miss South Africa altogether should he sustain further damage to his calf. Xavi has shrugged off the concerns by saying he has a number of knocks, none of which are a worry to him, but as the physio room begins to fill for Spain, will punters early warmth towards the Spanish side begin to dampen?

 

Spain to WIN FIFA World Cup in South Africa – 5.00 (4/1) Bet365



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