Torres likely to play before World Cup

Spain returned home from "impeccable" World Cup preparations knowing striker Fernando Torres will likely play before travelling to South Africa.

Spain returned home from "impeccable" World Cup preparations knowing striker Fernando Torres will likely play in the team's final match before travelling to South Africa.

Spain coach Vicente del Bosque said the European champions' objectives "had been reached" from a weeklong training camp in Austria following Thursday's 1-0 win over World Cup-bound South Korea.

Cesc Fabregas played for the first time since April and Del Bosque expects Torres to suit up for Spain's last warmup match against Poland on Tuesday.

Del Bosque says "I hope he can play in Murcia as the last part of preparations for him to be in the best shape" for the Group H opener against Switzerland on June 16.

Torres had surgery on his right knee in April.