Spaniard Torres faces fitness test ahead of Nations League final

Soccer Football – UEFA Nations League – Semi Final – Italy v Spain – San Siro, Milan, Italy – October 6, 2021 Spaniard Ferran Torres celebrates his first goal with Gavi, Mikel Oyarzabal and Marcos Alonso REUTERS / Alessandro Garofalo

MILAN, Oct. 9 (Reuters) – Spain striker Ferran Torres is injury worries for Sunday’s Nations League final against France and faces a pre-match fitness test ahead of the clash at San Siro stadium.

“Everyone is in good shape except Ferran,” Spain coach Luis Enrique told a press conference on Saturday.

Torres scored both goals in Spain’s 2-1 win over Italy in Wednesday’s semifinal, but limped in the second half after receiving a kick to the right foot.

“We’re not going to force it,” Enrique added. “If he’s fit he’ll play, if he’s not he won’t and a teammate will play and we trust him and we will adapt.”

Enrique said the Manchester City forward will take part in the warm-up session and then the final selection decision will be made.

Torres seemed optimistic about his chances, however.

“The foot is good, I will try tomorrow and see if I can play or not,” he said.

The 21-year-old, who made a name for himself as a winger, was used at center after Spain lost their two regular center forwards Alvaro Morata and Gerard Moreno to injury ahead of the tournament.

“I’m a winger, that’s where I’m at my best I think, but it’s also good to be able to play a center-forward,” Torres added.

Reporting by Simon Evans Editing by Christian Radnedge

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