A thigh niggle to midfielder Cesc Fabregas is the only injury worry for reigning champions Spain, as they look to shake off Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Italy against the Republic of Ireland tonight.
The 25-year-old Barcelona midfielder has been hot topic in Poland so far, having shaken off a hamstring injury to be included in La Roja’s starting line-up in a controversial ‘false nine’ position, ahead of out-and out strikers Fernando Torres, Alvaro Negredo and Fernando Llorente.
Despite sweating on the fitness of Fabregas, coach Vicente Del Bosque admits his side could once again take to the pitch without a recognised front-man.
“Against Ireland we will play a number nine – though it depends what you understand by a number nine,” the former Real Madrid boss told a UEFA press conference.
“David Silva is a forward; Andres Iniesta plays like one, so does Cesc.”
Del Bosque, however, kept his cards close to his chest in terms of team selection for tonight’s game. He continued: ”We have four options – the three everyone is aware of and then that of Cesc.
“Those are all very good attacking solutions. I am not unhappy with the options we have.”
Other than the fitness worry of Fabregas, Spain are expected to field an otherwise unchanged line-up from the one that faced Italy in Gdansk four days ago.
A win for the Euro 2008 champions tonight would put them on the brink of qualification and make Giovanni Trapattoni’s team the first to pack their bags at this years championships.
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