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Spain receive Torres fitness boost

Soccernet staff
May 28, 2010
Fernando Torres underwent surgery in mid-April © Getty Images
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Fernando Torres is on course to be back to full fitness for the World Cup finals after training with the Spain squad for the first time on Thursday.

Torres, who has been out with a knee injury which required surgery in mid-April, has been dogged by injuries over the past two seasons and there were doubts about his chances of playing in South Africa.

The striker will now hope to be available when Spain kick off their World Cup campaign against Switzerland on June 16.

Torres took part in the light training session, and the fact that he was able to join in with the rest of the squad before they fly to their Austrian training camp on Friday is an indication that he should make the opening match.

Torres' return has been welcomed by his team-mates, with Barcelona defender Gerard Pique saying: "It's great to have Fernando training with us. This is an important player for us and hopefully he can be ready for the first World Cup match."

Valencia winger Juan Mata added: "He is eager to start training and says he will be fit for the opener. This is good news."

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