Raul still doubtful for quarter-finals

Updated: 25 February 2007 08:27 IST

Spain's team doctor described Raul Gonzalez's groin injury as minor but wouldn't say whether he will be fit for his team's World Cup quarterfinal match.

Ulsan, South Korea:

Spain's team doctor described striker Raul Gonzalez's groin injury as minor on Monday but wouldn't say whether he will be fit for his team's World Cup quarter-final match. Raul suffered a right adductor strain in the second half of Spain's dramatic second-round battle against Ireland on Sunday in Suwon. He was substituted in the 80th minute. Spain won 3-2 on penalties after the match was tied 1-1 following 90 minutes of regulation and 30 of extra time. Spain will face either Italy or South Korea on Saturday. Raul was one of two players who did not take part in a light 50-minute training session Monday evening back at the team's training camp in Ulsan, southwestern Korea. Doctor Genaro Borras said the Real Madrid forward would rest and receive ice treatment for 48 hours after the match. Borras said they would wait until Wednesday before deciding whether Raul should have a scan. The Real Madrid star is Spain's key player and has scored three goals in Spain's four victories. Midfielder David Abelda also missed training today as he recovered from a testicle injury sustained after he came on in the second half against Ireland. Abelda had to be taken to hospital following the game but was later said to be out of pain. Borras said the injury could take up to four days to heal. (AP)

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