European champions Spain were the latest 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ contenders hit by an injury scare on Wednesday.
Spain, among the pre-tournament favourites, have an anxious wait to see if star midfielder Andres Iniesta will be forced to miss their opening Group H clash against Switzerland on Wednesday.
The Barcelona playmaker's leg was badly bruised as the Spaniards trounced Poland 6-0 in a final warm-up for the month-long tournament which kicks off Friday with a match between hosts South Africa and Mexico in Johannesburg.
We have finished our preparations and we can go to South Africa in good spirits.
The Spanish Football Federation said Iniesta faces a week out of action after he underwent a scan, but it did not rule him out of the clash in Durban.
There was happier news for the Spaniards as they bid to win the tournament for the first time, when striker Fernando Torres scored in the match in Murcia after two months out following knee surgery in April.
Coach Vicente Del Bosque admitted he was delighted by the return to form of the player who netted the winner in the UEFA EURO 2008 final against Germany. "We have finished our preparations and we can go to South Africa in good spirits," he said.