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Costa trains normally with Spain before departure

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MADRID (AP) — Spain striker Diego Costa did not appear to be slowed by injury in training on Monday as the defending World Cup champions prepared for their final international friendly ahead of Brazil.

All 23 players took part in the training session before departing for Saturday’s match against El Salvador in Washington. Costa was put through a special stretching session with Cesc Fabregas afterward, the Spanish federation said.

Costa has been hobbled for weeks by a right thigh muscle problem, but coach Vicente del Bosque is gambling that the Atletico Madrid forward will be fit to lead Spain’s attack at the World Cup ahead of Fabregas, Fernando Torres and David Villa.

Spain plays its Group B opener against the Netherlands on June 13 in Salvador.