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Injured Iniesta, Fabregas and Torres in Spain squad


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Injured trio Cesc Fabregas, Fernando Torres and Andres Iniesta have all made Spain's provisional World Cup squad.

Both Arsenal playmaker Fabregas (leg) and Liverpool striker Torres (knee) are "recovering very positively", according to Spain's football governing body.

Barcelona midfielder Iniesta (leg) is also expected to be fit for the finals.

Coach Vincente del Bosque, who will cut the squad to 23 by 1 June, has called up uncapped goalkeepers Victor Valdes and David De Gea and striker Pedro.

Valdes makes the list after a fine season for European champions Barcelona.

With captain and Real Madrid number one Iker Casillas and Liverpool's Pepe Reina Spain's first and second choices between the posts, Del Bosque will choose between 28-year-old Valdes, Villarreal's Diego Lopez and Atletico Madrid's Gea, 19, for the third slot.

Barca's 22-year-old youth product Pedro has forced himself into the World Cup reckoning with 22 goals in all competitions for the Catalan giants - one of those on his 'El Classico' debut last month as Barca beat bitter rivals Real Madrid 2-0.


Marcos Senna and Santi Cazorla, both regulars from Del Bosque's Euro 2008-winning squad, were named despite their unexceptional campaigns for Villarreal.

Fabregas cracked a right fibula during the Gunners' 2-2 Champions League quarter-final second leg against Barcelona in April, but the midfield maestro recently claimed he was "on schedule" to return in time for the start of the favourites' South Africa campaign - a prediction echoed by Spain's football federation on Tuesday.

Torres, meanwhile, has endured a frustrating season on Merseyside but is forecast to have recovered from the knee surgery he underwent in April in time for Spain's opener against Switzerland on 16 June.

Barcelona midfield star Xavi is also included after recently returning to the first-team fold with the La Liga leaders following the leg injury he sustained at the beginning of May.

There is also a place for in-form Sevilla winger Jesus Navas, who earlier in his career retired from international football because he suffered travel anxiety attacks.

But hotly-touted 19-year-old attackers Bojan Krkic, of Barcelona, and Racing Santander's Sergio Canales both miss out, as does the country's veteran record scorer Raul.

As well as the Swiss, Spain will face Chile and Honduras in Group H.

Goalkeepers: Iker Casillas (Real Madrid), David De Gea (Atletico de Madrid), Diego Lopez (Villareal), Jose Manuel 'Pepe' Reina (Liverpool), Victor Valdes (Barcelona).

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

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

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

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see also
Welcome change for Honduras squad
11 May 10 |  World Cup 2010
Shaqiri is shock Swiss inclusion
11 May 10 |  World Cup 2010
Spain qualify for 2010 World Cup
09 Sep 09 |  Internationals
Spain's Xavi may miss World Cup
02 May 10 |  World Cup 2010
Torres out for rest of the season
19 Apr 10 |  Liverpool
Fabregas 'on schedule' for Spain
09 May 10 |  World Cup 2010
Barcelona hit by Iniesta injury
13 Apr 10 |  Europe
The men who make Barca beautiful
26 May 09 |  Europe

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