Barcelona and Spain striker David Villa is recuperating well, his club coach Pep Guardiola said today, but the forward faces a battle to make UEFA EURO 2012 after fracturing his tibia at last December's FIFA Club World Cup.
Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque last week admitted he is worried he may have to do without Villa - who has scored 51 goals in 82 internationals - given the star would not be match fit even if he can make the squad. But Guardiola, who is stepping down at Barça at the end of this season, said there was some cause for optimism with the player now back in training.
"He is coming on very well. But the doctors are much more in a position to evaluate his chances of playing the EURO," Guardiola said. "Everything is going well but he did suffer a serious injury - we will see how things come along over the next few days."
Del Bosque will name his final 23-man squad on 27 May.