Double fitness boost for Spain

  • Last Updated: June 17 2010, 14:56 BST

Injuries to Spain pair Andres Iniesta and Sergio Ramos are not as serious as first feared.

Andres Iniesta - should be fit.

The Spaniards suffered a shock defeat to Switzerland on Wednesday in their Group H opening match and looked to be burdened with more bad news as concerns grew over the duo.

Iniesta, who recently shrugged off a thigh problem to start in the encounter, was forced out of the defeat in Durban in the 77th minute after being on the receiving end of a hefty challenge.

Defender Ramos also emerged as an injury scare following an awkward fall that left the Real Madrid man with hurt ribs.

Coach Vicente del Bosque received good news on both players, though, and the two should be fit enough to feature in their country's crucial second group game against Honduras on 21 June.

Del Bosque told the Spanish soccer federation (RFEF) website: "The player (Ramos) had sore ribs after a bad fall in the Switzerland match.

"According to the medical examination conducted in Potchefstroom, (he) did not show any damage to the bone."

The Spaniards' ranks will also be boosted by the return to full fitness of star striker Fernando Torres and midfielder Cesc Fabregas.

Torres did not come on until the second half of the loss to the Swiss, meanwhile Fabregas was left on the bench as a precaution.