|ESPNsoccernet: World Cup|
MADRID, March 31 (Reuters) - Spain coach Luis Aragones has offered words of hope to his players recovering from injury that they could still make the squad for the World Cup finals.'The fact is that the World Cup starts for Spain on June 14 against Ukraine,' Aragones told sports daily AS on Friday. 'We start our preparations on May 22 and have more than 20 days after that, and three matches, to get those players who haven't played much into shape.' Aragones is carefully monitoring the progress of a number of key players ahead of the deadline day for the presentation of the official squad lists on May 15. Spain captain Raul is playing again at Real Madrid after three months out with a knee injury, but has found his opportunities limited as he struggles to find his form. Valencia winger Vicente, Barcelona midfielder Xavi and Deportivo Coruna's playmaker Juan Carlos Valeron are yet to return to competitive action as they recover from their respective injuries. Other stalwarts in the Spain squad, such as Real defender Michel Salgado, are being deprived of regular first team football at their clubs by competitors for their position. Aragones added: 'There is still a long way to go before May 15. The league is still in progress, Barcelona and Villarreal are in the Champions League, and Sevilla in the UEFA Cup, so I won't start debating now who is going.' Spain have been drawn in Group H in the World Cup finals, which begin on June 9, with Ukraine, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia.