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The former Arsenal playmaker is in a race against time to recover from a muscular problem, and it is believed that he may not be fit for the match against the Azzurri

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Spain midfielder Cesc Fabregas is a serious doubt for La Roja's Euro 2012 opener against Italy, AS reports.

The 25-year-old playmaker is currently nursing a thigh injury sustained in Barcelona's 3-0 victory over Athletic Bilbao in the Copa del Rey final.

Spain's medical staff have declared that Fabregas' recovery is going as planned, but doubts remain about his availability for the match against Italy on June 10.

The former Arsenal talent is still doing light work in the gym and is not expected to resume training with the rest of the team before Wednesday at the earliest.

After the match against Italy, Spain will take on Republic of Ireland on June 14 and Croatia four days later.

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