Paraguay coach Anibal Ruiz is confident that injured striker Roque Santa Cruz will be fit to face England in their World Cup opener next month.
Speaking after his side's 2-2 draw with Norway, Ruiz denied rumours the Bayern Munich star would be absent for the June 10 clash.
``I'm sure he'll be able to play,'' Ruiz said. ``But we won't hurry as we want him to play the whole World Cup.''
There are a number of injured players in the Paraguay squad, namely Julio Cesar Caceres, Carlos Paredes and Denis Caniza, and Ruiz admitted he was sweating on their fitness.
``We'll see what the doctors say,'' he added. ``But we want them to get to the World Cup in perfect condition.
``We know what they can give to us.''
Paraguay also face Sweden and Trinidad and Tobago in Group B in Germany.