MADRID, June 1 – A scan on Cesc Fabregas’shamstring injury has shown “very satisfactory results” althoughhe will miss Spain’s final Euro 2012 warm-up match against Chinaon Sunday, the Spanish soccer federation (RFEF) stated on Friday.
Fabregas picked up the injury when he came on for the last10 minutes of Barca’s 3-0 King’s Cup final win over AthleticBilbao last week before he was named in Spain’s final 23-mansquad to defend their title in Poland and Ukraine next month.
“Medical tests have been successful, very happy with theevolution,” Fabregas wrote on his Twitter feed.
The former Arsenal captain would train away from the rest ofthe team as he bids to regain fitness in time for Spain’sopening Group C match against Italy on June 10, the RFEF stated ina statement on their website (www.rfef.es).
Fabregas began his first season back at Barcelona with abang but his form deteriorated in the final months of thecampaign and coach Pep Guardiola left him out of some keymatches in La Liga and the Champions League.
Spain coach Vicente del Bosque has a slew of talentedmidfielders to select from and may prefer to begin withManchester City playmaker David Silva alongside Xavi and AndresIniesta.
Fabregas and his Barca team mates Xavi, Iniesta, SergioBusquets, Gerard Pique, Pedro and Victor Valdes, as well asBilbao pair Fernando Llorente and Javi Martinez, joined up withthe squad at Spain’s training base outside Madrid on Friday.
Iniesta told reporters he believed Spain’s task of retainingtheir continental title would be harder than winning the WorldCup in South Africa two years ago but stated the team were readyfor the challenge.
“I like to live in the present and to focus on what we haveahead of us,” Iniesta said.
“We have a very attractive goal which will be a much greaterchallenge than the previous one.” (Reporting by Iain Rogers, editing by Mark Meadows)
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