the news from Madrid
The latest from La Roja!
One. Carles Puyol’s left calf has been checked out by doctors in Barcelona, who didn’t specify how long the player would be out, but it should be around three weeks.
Two. Fernando Torres trained with the rest of the team in the afternoon session yesterday, after spending the morning session in the gym. He scored a beautiful goal which was applauded by his teammates. Meanwhile, Andrés Iniesta had a scare, when a tackle by Álvaro Arbeloa left him fearing for his ankle. After being attended to by doctors, he was able to complete the session. We also got to see Nacho Monreal, who was called up as a substitute for Puyol, train for the first time.
(Judging by these pictures though, I don’t know if you can call what they do out there “training.”)
Three. Twelve of the players – Iker, Villa, Xavi, Pepe, Torres, Xabi, Cesc, Llorente, Capdevila, Iniesta, Sergio & Cazorla – plus Vicente del Bosque filmed a PSA for the United Nations, at the request of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Their image will be used in the fight against poverty and the fight for gender equality. Ban had written a letter to the Spanish government asking for the world champions to film a spot, which will be released in mid-September around the time when the UN General Assembly meets. I love how charitable our players are! And you think that if I write a letter to the Spanish government, I would be able to borrow half the team for a couple of hours? Hot tub, here I come!
Four. U-21 team news: the team, like its big brother, are making people crazy wherever they go. The latest place to go crazy is Alcoy, where La Rojita will face the Netherlands today. Let’s hope Spain beats the Netherlands again!
Five. Looking ahead to today, the (senior) players will travel to Vaduz via Zurich at 09h to start preparing for their qualifier in Liechtenstein.
Posted on September 2, 2010, in training and tagged arbeloa, capdevila, cazorla, cesc, del bosque, iker, iniesta, llorente, monreal, pepe, puyol, sergio, torres, villa, xabi, xavi. Bookmark the permalink. 26 Comments.