Raul, Tristan and Abelda doubts for Spain

 

Spanish nerves were jangling today after star striker Raul again missed proper training while fellow striker Diego Tristan and midfielder David Abelda are also doubts for Saturday's World Cup quarter-final against South Korea.

Team doctor Genaro Borras said that Raul's groin injury, suffered in last Sunday's win over the Republic of Ireland, was responding after treatment throughout the week - and rated the 24-year-old a possible starter.

"Raul wants to play - but even if he does play he won't be 100 per cent fit," said Borras.

Raul appeared with heavy strapping around the injury and restricted himself to a light jog.

Tristan is similarly labouring under a groin strain, as well as an ankle knock, and were he and Raul to fail to make the starting line-up Spanish options up front would be extremely limited aside from Fernando Morientes.

Abelda has been getting over a testicular strain.

AFP