MADRID (AP) — Spain striker Diego Costa did not appear to be slowed by injury in training on Monday as the defending World Cup champions prepared for their final international friendly before heading to Brazil.
All 23 players took part in the training session ahead of Saturday's match against El Salvador in Washington. Costa was put through a special stretching session with Cesc Fabregas afterward, the Spanish federation said.
Costa has been hobbled for weeks by a right thigh muscle problem, but coach Vicente del Bosque is gambling that the Atletico Madrid forward will be fit to lead Spain's attack at the World Cup ahead of Fabregas, Fernando Torres and David Villa.
"I didn't think they would let me train from the start but we did some tests and I'm well," Costa told reporters. "I think I can be fit for the match against the Netherlands, even for the friendly in Washington."
Spain plays its Group B opener against the Netherlands on June 13 in Salvador before moving on to face Chile and Australia.