Paraguay's Santa Cruz says recovering well

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:34 IST

Injured Bayern Munich striker Roque Santa Cruz said Monday he expects to be healthy for Paraguay's opening World Cup match against England.

Paraguay's Santa Cruz says recovering well
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Injured Bayern Munich striker Roque Santa Cruz said Monday he's feeling better every day and expects to be healthy for Paraguay's opening World Cup match against England. "I am not 100 percent recovered yet, but I am getting better every day. I still have some problems when I have to make a turn on the field," said the 24-year-old striker, who is recovering from tendonitis. Santa Cruz has had two knee operations in the last 18 months, and played only the last three matches for Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga. Santa Cruz is a key element in the attack plans of Paraguay coach Anibal Ruiz. The other strikers on the team are Jose Cardozo, Nelson Cuevas and Nelson Haedo Valdez. Coach confident Ruiz said he's confident Santa Cruz and others who are nursing injuries or struggling to play well will be recovered in time to face England on Saturday. "It's a battle against the clock. But I think we will be able to recover all the players." One of those off-form players are Bayern Munich's Julio dos Santos, a midfielder who has been benched several time in recent months. Defenders Denis Caniza and Julio Cesar Caceres, and midfielder Carlos Paredes are recovering from injuries. Besides England, the South American team will face Sweden and Trinidad and Tobago in Group B at the World Cup. (AP)

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