Palacios ready for opener - doctor

  • Last Updated: June 14 2010, 16:07 BST

Tottenham midfielder Wilson Palacios appears to be winning his fight to be fit for Honduras' World Cup opener against Chile.

Wilson Palacios - looks ready to play in Honduras opener.

The 25-year-old had been doubtful for Wednesday's Group H clash in Nelspruit due to a thigh injury, but coaching staff are pleased with his progress.

Palacios was able to play a full part in the team's final training session before flying east from Johannesburg to the Mpumalanga province.

Team doctor Oscar Benitez said: "Wilson is 100%. He is training at high intensity and we are very happy. Look at him - he is a lion. He is ready."

The prognosis, however, is not quite as good for key striker David Suazo, who has been hampered by a similar muscular problem in recent weeks.

Benitez added: "David's recovery is on the right track, but we have to be calm.

"We do not want to rush him and suffer a relapse."