Xavi and Torres doubts for Spain World Cup Fixtures

5th May 2010 | World Cup Betting category: Football World Cup News
Football World Cup News

European Champions and 2010 FIFA World Cup betting favourites Spain, are in danger of losing influential midfielder Xavi for the tournament. After a heavy scheduled season, it appears that things may just have taken its toll on the fitness of the Barcelona midfielder, but he revealed on the weekend that he has been playing through the pain barrier. Apparently he has a tear in a leg muscle, which may just keep him out of the World Cup, as he has been striving to help his club retain the Spanish domestic title ahead of rivals Real Madrid. Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola has admitted that Xavi has not been 100%, but such is his importance to the side, it has not kept him out of the line up. It has been Xavi’s own determination to see things through to the end of the season which has kept him turning out in Barcelona colours.

Spain’s midfield maestro is the one that pulls the strings, and being named the best player at the 2008 European Championships, highlights how good, and how important he is to any side in which he plays. With Arsenal’s Cesc Fabregas in a race against time to get fit for the World Cup, are there cracks appearing in the Spanish assault on the World Cup. The big question for betting on Spain at the World Cup would be how much would the nation miss their key man? One of the key differences between Spain and England for example, is if England lost the attacking impetuous Frank Lampard, how would they cope? If Spain lose Xavi, will they have enough strength to cover over the cracks. The likely answer to that is yes. While they would be weakened without Xavi in the side, Spain will take a phenomenally strong squad with them.

The World Cup fixtures for Spain start with their group opener against fellow European opposition Switzerland on June 16th, with matches against Chile and Honduras to follow. While the nation will be holding its breath over Xavi, it is appearing that Liverpool striker Fernando Torres is struggling to be fit in time of the opener, despite his recent assertions that he will be fit. Torres has undergone two operations in recent months, and has been missing vital time away from the Liverpool line up. The chances for Torres at the moment, is that he would travel with the Spanish squad, but making a start in their opening group fixture may be something of a push. There is a desire not to rush his return to full health, but the striker is keen to be fully fit for his nation. It may all come down to a battle between club and country, for Liverpool will not want to risk any long term consequences of Torres rushing to play in the World Cup, and putting himself at risk ahead of the next domestic season.

 



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