Seville - Spain
coach Vicente del Bosque has said on Thursday he was optimistic that injured
duo Diego Costa and Jesus Navas would both be fit in time for the World
"The prospects appear to be good. On Friday the pair of them
will undergo tests.
"Diego will have a radiology test, as for Jesus he
seems to be fine," Del Bosque said at a press conference on the eve of
Friday's friendly with Bolivia in Sevilla.
"We will evaluate their
conditions and take a decision Saturday morning," added Del Bosque, who
is expected to reveal his final 23-man squad for Brazil on Saturday.
Madrid striker Costa has battled an ongoing hamstring problem that
limited him to just nine minutes in last weekend's Champions League
final defeat to city rivals Real, a week after he was forced off 15
minutes into his side's title decider with Barcelona.
doctor of the clinic where the Spain team sent Costa for a scan warned
on Monday that he would require at least two weeks of rest before he
could return to action.
Meanwhile, Manchester City winger Navas has been sidelined with an ankle injury since mid-April.
to question marks over the fitness of key players Del Bosque delayed
naming his full World Cup squad last Sunday to allow himself more time
to monitor their conditions.
Instead he announced a list of 19
players for the World Cup holders' friendly against Bolivia, leaving out
players from the two Spanish teams in last Saturday's Champions League
Del Bosque said he would use his full allotment of players
in Sevilla, downplaying suggestions that certain individuals would be
auditioning for a seat on the plane to Brazil.
"Nobody has anything to prove, the guys who are here have already shown they deserve to be here," said Del Bosque.
Despite a busy end to the season for several of his players, Del Bosque was also upbeat about the health of his charges.
season ends and we're asking them to give an extra effort that could
last 50 days, and I hope it lasts that long. But honestly we've found
them to be in rather good shape."
Spain face Chile, the
Netherlands and Australia in World Cup Group B.
Their first match pits
them on June 13 against the Netherlands -- their opponents in their 2010
World Cup final triumph.