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Spain Announce Preliminary World Cup 2010 Squad: Injured Pair Torres and Fabregas Named

Vicente Del Bosque names injured Emirates and Anfield pair as well as uncapped Barcelona keeper.

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Cesc Fabregas and Fernando Torres have been included in Spain’s 30-man preliminary squad for the World Cup finals in South Africa.

Arsenal captain Fabregas and Liverpool striker Torres are both currently recovering from injuries which forced the duo to miss the end of the Premier League season.

Fabregas is making progress from the cracked fibula which he suffered during the Gunners’ UEFA Champions League tie against Barcelona at the end of March.

The midfielder declared over the weekend that he would be fit in time for the finals and expects to be ready to feature in a friendly against Saudi Arabia later this month.

Torres recently underwent a knee operation and is facing a race against time to prove his fitness for the World Cup, which starts on 11th June.

Del Bosque will whittle his squad down to 23 names by 1st June ahead of Group H games against Chile, Honduras and Switzerland.

Squad:

Goalkeepers: Iker Casillas (Real Madrid), Jose Reina (Liverpool), Diego Lopez (Villarreal), David De Gea (Atletico Madrid), Victor Valdes (Barcelona).

Defenders: Raul Albiol, Sergio Ramos, Alvaro Arbeloa (all Real Madrid), Joan Capdevila (Villarreal), Gerard Pique, Carles Puyol (both Barcelona), Carlos Marchena (Valencia), Cesar Azpilicueta (Osasuna).

Midfielders: Xabi Alonso (Real Madrid), Cesc Fabregas (Arsenal), Sergio Busquets, Xavi Hernandez, Andres Iniesta (all Barcelona), Marcos Senna (Villarreal), Javier Martinez (Athletic Bilbao), David Silva (Valencia).

Forwards: Daniel Guiza (Fenerbahce), Juan Manuel Mata, David Silva, David Villa(Valencia), Alvaro Negredo, Jesus Navas (both Sevilla), Fernando Torres (Liverpool), Santiago Cazorla (Villarreal), Pedro Rodriguez (Barcelona), Fernando Llorente (Athletic Bilbao). (Sky Sports)

Spain will of course be one of the favourites this summer and looking at this squad its easy to see why. Clearly the injured trio of Torres, Iniesta and Fabregas loom large as a potential stumbling block but the signs are that all three could be fit and raring to go just in time.

Good to see Victor Valdes get an international nod, its quite incredible he hasn’t received a single Spanish cap but I can see the Barcelona man being the third keeper in the final 23. Clearly there is a large Barcelona and Real Madrid presence in the squad with the Catalan side having seven in the provisional squad to the Bernabeu side’s five. Valencia have four representatives in their also, including their attacking trio of Villa, Silva and Mata.

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