Torres back for Spain against France

Torres back for Spain against France

Published Feb. 26, 2010 6:15 p.m. ET

Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque on Friday named Liverpool striker Fernando Torres to the squad to play France in a friendly next week, signaling the end of the Liverpool player's spell on the sidelines because of injury.

Torres, 25, returned to the Liverpool team after five weeks out with a knee injury when he came on as a substitute on Sunday.

Del Bosque did not pick him for Spain's last two matches, friendlies against Argentina and Austria in November, because of a hernia problem.

"Torres has gone through an (knee) operation and a recovery period," del Bosque said. "The impression is that he's OK.

"He played the other day and it's likely that this weekend he will play too, and he feels in condition to come, so that is why we are bringing him," he said.

The Spanish coach added that they would limit "the minutes he might play so as not to upset his recovery."

Torres has been a regular for Spain since 2003, scoring 23 goals in 71 appearances including the only goal in the European Championship final in 2008.

Villarreal midfielder Marcos Senna has also been recalled for the game. Senna has missed several matches for Spain because of poor form.

Del Bosque added that the squad named for the France friendly is not necessarily the same one that will go to the World Cup in South Africa.

"This is not an absolutely closed final list for the World Cup, but one for this match against France," he said.

"Obviously it will be a squad similar to this, but I have to say there are players that have been left out that might be with us," he said.

The friendly will be played on March 3 at the Stade de France in Paris.



Goalkeepers: Iker Casillas (Real Madrid), Pepe Reina (Liverpool), Diego Lopez (Villarreal).

Defenders: Alvaro Arbeloa (Real Madrid), Raul Albiol (Real Madrid), Joan Capdevila (Villarreal), Carlos Marchena (Valencia), Gerard Pique (Barcelona), Carles Puyol (Barcelona), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid).

Midfielders: Xabi Alonso (Real Madrid), Sergio Busquets (Barcelona), Cesc Fabregas (Arsenal), Xavi Hernandez (Barcelona), Andres Iniesta (Barcelona), Marcos Senna (Villarreal).

Strikers: Dani Guiza (Fenerbache), Juanma Mata (Valencia), David Silva (Valencia), Fernando Torres (Liverpool), David Villa (Valencia), Alvaro Negredo (Sevilla), Jesus Navas (Sevilla).