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Page last updated at 21:57 GMT, Monday, 24 May 2010 22:57 UK

Spain boosted as Fabregas trains

Puyol and Fabregas
Fabregas has not played since April

Spain's World Cup hopes have received a boost after Arsenal's Cesc Fabregas came through a full training season.

The 23-year-old midfielder, who has been linked with a move to Barcelona, has been out of action since April.

Fabregas cracked his fibula in Arsenal's quarter-final first-leg against Barcelona at the Emirates.

But he played a full part in a two-touch passing match watched by 2,000 fans, while Liverpool striker Fernando Torres trained on his own on Monday.

Torres is recovering from a knee injury after undergoing surgery on a torn cartilage in April.

Speculation over Fabregas's return to Spain has intensified after the midfielder, in answer to the question, "If you leave Arsenal, will it be for Barcelona?", replied "Yes".

"You see your Spanish team-mates succeeding here at Barcelona and it is exciting because you have worked alongside them for so long," he added.

Spain face Saudi Arabia in Austria on 29 May, the first of three friendlies before the World Cup in South Africa.

Meanwhile, Spain coach Vicente del Bosque has banned his players from social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook at any of the team's training camps or at the World Cup starting on 11 June.

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



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see also
Spain omit Senna from Cup squad
20 May 10 |  World Cup 2010
Fabregas 'on schedule' for Spain
09 May 10 |  World Cup 2010
Fabregas out for rest of season
01 Apr 10 |  Arsenal
Fabregas inspired by Wenger talk
26 May 10 |  Arsenal
Torres out for rest of the season
19 Apr 10 |  Liverpool


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