Del Bosque to give Villa more time

Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque will give injured Barcelona striker David Villa “until the last moment” to prove his fitness for this summer’s European Championships.

The 30-year-old Villa underwent surgery last December after fracturing his left shinbone at the FIFA Club World Cup in Japan, and was expected to be sidelined for around five months.

Speaking in Madrid yesterday morning, Del Bosque said he would give Villa — Spain’s all-time record scorer — every chance to be involved in Euro 2012, where the reigning champions will face Italy, Ireland and Croatia in Group C.

“We are hanging on every day but have no definitive answers,” he said.

“Yesterday I spoke with his coach. We know the score. We are obliged to wait until the last moment for our front man and proven goalscorer.”

Barca coach Pep Guardiola also spoke of Villa’s progress yesterday at his pre-match press conference ahead of tonight’s Primera Division game against Espanyol.

“Villa is getting better all the time,” he said. “He almost has no pain. Hopefully he can be in the national team [for Euro 2012].”


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