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Spain's Fabregas returns to training

Midfielder joins team-mates in Madrid after recovering from hamstring injury

ESPN staff

Cesc Fabregas is back in training with Spain

Spain midfielder Cesc Fabregas has returned to training after recovering from a hamstring injury suffered during the Copa del Rey final last month.

Fabregas, 25, joined his international colleagues as they trained in Madrid before flying to their Euro 2012 training base in Poland. Spain officials said that meant the Barcelona playmaker should be available for his country’s opening Group C game against Italy in Gdansk on Sunday.

Speaking at the weekend, the Spain coach, Vicente del Bosque, had said he was confident that Fabregas would be ready for the start of Euro 2012, saying: “He underwent some tests ... the doctors saw that he is doing well."

Meanwhile, the Spanish FA website reported concerns over defender Alvaro Arbeloa, who has suffered a minor neck injury and trained apart from the rest of Del Bosque’s squad.

Juanfran, who made his debut in last month’s friendly against Serbia, is likely to deputise if Arbeloa fails to recover in time for the Italy match.

Winger Jesus Navas underwent a precautionary scan on his right hand after receiving a blow, but the scan revealed that the Sevilla player - mostly used as a substitute by Del Bosque - had not suffered any significant bone damage.

The coach warned Spain fans against expecting their team to ease to a repeat of their Euro 2008 triumph, adding: "We have a lot of pressure because we know that the optimism has become too great.

“The truth is there are 16 teams and it is not easy to call this a bed of roses. We are used to pressure, and we will try to live up to this [level of expectation]. There is extra responsibility here."


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