Cesc Fabregas played a football match for the first time since cracking his fibula in the 2-2 draw against Barcelona on March 31.

The 23-year-old started in his country’s friendly meeting with South Korea and did appear short of full match fitness before being replaced by Xavi after 58 minutes.

But Fabregas was not the only below-par Spaniard in the affair held in Innsbruck, Austria.

Indeed, Spain continued their unconvincing form in immediate friendlies ahead of the World Cup – stuttering to beat Saudi Arabia 3-2 last week before taking 85 minutes to find the breakthrough against South Korea in a 1-0 win today.

And here were a few shots of Arsenal’s skipper back in action.



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