Krasnador (Russia), June 10 (IANS) The Spanish football team returned to some light training on Sunday at its 2018 FIFA World Cup base in this Russian city, after a narrow 1-0 victory over Tunisia in an international friendly.
With head coach Julen Lopetegui already thinking ahead to Spain’s opening Group B game against Portugal in Sochi on June 15, the majority of the players who took part in Saturday’s match were afforded a gentle session to allow for recuperation, reports Efe.
Only Real Madrid midfielder Isco Alarcon and Bayern Munich’s Thiago Alcantara took part in the more intense exercises.
Madrid right-back Dani Carvajal remained absent from group training and was undergoing individual sessions as part of his recuperation for a hamstring injury sustained in the UEFA Champions League final, amid concerns that he could miss the opening games.
Goalkeeper David de Gea, right-back Alvaro Odriozola, defenders Sergio Ramos, Gerard Pique, Jordi Alba, Sergio Busquets, midfielders Andres Iniesta, David Silva and Rodrigo Moreno were also rested on what was a sweltering day in the southern Russian city.
A late goal from Iago Aspas allowed Spain to scrape through with a victory against Tunisia on Saturday.