Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque is hoping Fernando Torres can have a run-out during Tuesday's final FIFA World Cup™ warm-up match against Poland.
Torres is the only member of Del Bosque's 23-man squad not to see any action in this week's two friendly wins over Saudi Arabia and Korea Republic as the Liverpool man continues his recovery from the knee operation he underwent in April. It could be that Torres will get his chance against Poland in Murcia, although whatever happens Del Bosque remains optimistic the 26-year-old will be fit for Spain's opening FIFA World Cup match against Switzerland on 16 June.
"We have good feelings (about Torres). I hope that he can play a bit on Tuesday against Poland in order to head into the final stages of preparation in the best condition," said Del Bosque following last night's 1-0 victory over Korea Republic. "It's not something that has surprised us because we knew beforehand that we would have this situation with Fernando, but I have faith he will be fine for the World Cup."
Spain's other main fitness worry heading into the FIFA World Cup, Cesc Fabregas, played almost an hour against the South Koreans before being replaced by Xavi. That was the Arsenal captain's first competitive run-out since suffering a cracked bone in his fibula in March.
"I felt better in the first half. I still need to play minutes to gain match fitness, but the feelings are good," said Fabregas, who came closest to scoring in a goalless first period when he hit the crossbar.