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Del Bosque expects Cesc to be ready

Barcelona midfielder winning battle to be fit for Euro 2012

ESPN staff

Cesc Fabregas has played in each of the last three major international finals with Spain.© AP Images

Spain coach Vicente del Bosque remains confident that Cesc Fabrgeas will recover from injury in time to play a major role for La Roja at the European Championship.

Fabregas, 25, suffered a thigh problem during Barcelona's Copa del Rey final triumph over Athletic Bilbao last week but was nevertheless included in Spain's 23-man Euro 2012 squad.

And despite not playing in Wednesday's impressive 4-1 friendly victory over South Korea, the former Arsenal midfielder is expected to return to full fitness in time for the finals in Ukraine and Poland.

"We hope Fabregas will be on good form and he's forecast to be at the finals," Del Bosque said after the South Korea match.

Fabregas has played in the last three major tournaments for Spain and his presence would be a major boost as the reigning champions look to get through a tricky looking group including Italy, Croatia and Ireland as they bid to retain their European Championship crown.

Meanwhile, Del Bosque was happy to see Fernando Torres claim his first international goal in a year against South Korea, with further strikes from Xabi Alonso, Santi Cazorla and Alvaro Negredo securing a routine win for the reigning world champions.

"We leave happy because we have had a few fantastic days' training, no injuries, we've played two games and there has been a magnificent relationship among the group," Del Bosque told the Spanish FA's official website.

"He [Torres] is one of those players that offers speed, movement and combination play with his team-mates. He seemed delighted with the goal and this is good for everyone."

There were nine Barcelona and Athletic Bilbao players missing for the South Korea game as they continue to be rested following last week’s Copa del Rey exploits, and Del Bosque said he is looking forward to welcoming them back for this weekend’s friendly.

"Everyone has been great," Del Bosque added. "The Barcelona and Athletic players return to activity when we get back for the friendly against China. I hope we have a great atmosphere there and it will be a good send-off before the Euros."


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