Del Bosque: Pedro can play at left back if necessary

With Alvaro Arbeloa and Jordi Alba both on yellow cards, there is a danger that the reigning European champions could be short on defensive options in the quarterfinals
Spain boss Vicente del Bosque is not in the least bit worried by the fact that his two first choice full backs are both carrying bookings into Monday's Euro 2012 Group C clash with Croatia, arguing that he has a number of potential replacements, including Barcelona winger Pedro.

Alvaro Arbeloa and Jordi Alba are both on one yellow card apiece, meaning they are running the risk of being suspended for the quarterfinals should La Roja progress.

However, Del Bosque insists that losing either to a one-game ban would not be catastrophic given the strength in depth he has available to him.

"We would play with three center backs or we would send a central defender to play on the left, or use Pedro," the former Real Madrid boss told Cadena SER. "We have plenty of solutions which offer guarantees."

It has been suggested that Spain could rest some players against Croatia given it needs only a draw to reach the knockout stages, but Del Bosque insists that he is treating the game like a final.

"We have people in the squad who want to play and would have no problem at all if they were to come in," he stated. "But at the moment I won't 'preserve' any of my players.

"We are playing a final. And if we get to the quarterfinals, there will be another."

Del Bosque has agreed a new two-year contract with the reigning world and European champions and explained that there was never any danger of him leaving his post.

"It was already done; it just needed the formality of the signature," he revealed. "But Monday and the short term is more important [than looking ahead to the 2014 World Cup]."