Spain’s Torres, Iniesta and Fabregas positive of World Cup fitness

28th April 2010 | World Cup Betting category: Football World Cup News
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The Best World Cup Bookmakers have all earmarked Spain as the most likely winners of the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. The tournament kicks off on June 11th, with the European Champions leading the pack ahead of Brazil as favourites. Spain’s coach Vicente del Bosque has watched some of his players take a bruising through their domestic seasons, with notable players on the injured list at the moment, including Liverpool’s Fernando Torres, Arsenal’s Cesc Fabregas and Barcelona’s Andres Iniesta. While losing those two players alone would cause havoc to some of the World Cup teams, Spain are insistent that they won’t carry players who need nursing through games, and that they have more than enough strength in depth to cope.

However, del Bosque is confident that the squad which he takes to South Africa will be a strong one, at full fitness. Barcelona’s Iniesta is one of the most accomplished midfielders in the world, with vision and style that can control games effortlessly. Much the same can be said of Arsenal’s captain Cesc Fabregas, who has been linked with a move to Barcelona in the summer, but is 100% certain he will be fit. While his domestic season has ended, there is a lot of hope that he will take part in the World Cup, while Liverpool’s talismanic striker Torres is also certain that he will be fit enough to take his place in the squad for the summer tournament. Torres, who has missed most of Liverpool’s arduous season for one reason or another, has undergone knee surgery, and faces a race to get fit in time for the South Africa finals. His operation has reportedly been a success, and that his rehabilitation program puts him right on track for making Spain’s World Cup fixtures which begins against Switzerland on June 16th.

Spain are in Group H, a group which they are expected to win. Along with Switzerland, the Spaniards have Honduras and Chile to contend with, opposition which, should not pose the favourites too many problems. Defensive midfielder Marcos Senna is another who is working on his fitness ahead of the World Cup, but even with the injuries stock piling Spain look to be a fair bet to lift the title. They have looked peerless through qualification, and it is hard to spot any weaknesses in their team. Maybe they look a bit weaker with some of the injuries now, but as del Bosque believes, there is more than enough time for the walking wounded to get fit and travel to the historic tournament in South Africa.

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