Iniesta available for World Cup

08:26, June 10, 2010      

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Spain's Andres Iniesta (R) fights for the ball with Poland's Dariusz Dudka (L) and Jakub Blaszczykowski during a friendly soccer match in Murcia June 8, 2010. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

Spain's Andres Iniesta will go to the World Cup after medical scans taken on Wednesday showed a leg injury was not as bad as feared.

Iniesta suffered an injury to his right thigh in Tuesday's 6-0 friendly win over Poland.

The Spanish federation said Wednesday that an MRI scan revealed swelling but it "does not appear to be a tear."

"We cannot determine the recovery time but the player's chances of playing the first game of the World Cup have not been discarded," the federation said on its website.

The European champion opens Group H of the June 11-July 11 tournament in South Africa against Switzerland on June 16 before playing Honduras and Chile.



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