Torres trains normally for 1st time with Spain

MADRID (AP) — Spanish forward Fernando Torres should be fit for the World Cup after training for the first time since knee surgery.

Torres took the field alongside his 22 teammates for about 45 minutes Thursday, his first appearance since his surgery on torn cartilage in his right knee on April 18.

"It's great news to have Fernando training with us. He's such an important player for us and his goals are important," defender Gerard Pique said. "I hope he can be ready for the first game of the World Cup."

Liverpool's star forward has made 72 appearances for Spain and scored 23 goals, including the winner in the 2008 European Championship final victory over Germany.

Cesc Fabregas also trained normally as the Arsenal midfielder continued his recovery from a broken leg.

Spain opens Group H against Switzerland on June 16 before playing Honduras and Chile.

The European champion travels to Innsbruck on Friday before facing Saudi Arabia in an exhibition on Saturday. It also will play South Korea and Poland before leaving for South Africa.