Andres Iniesta remains hopeful of starting Spain's opening World Cup Group H match against Switzerland on Wednesday.
The Barcelona midfielder is seeking to return from a thigh injury in time to star for the European champions in Durban against Ottmar Hitzfeld's young Swiss side after suffering the injury in his country's final warm-up game, a 6-0 rout of Poland.
Iniesta ran individual drills with one of the team's physiotherapists at the University of Potchefstroom sports complex, where the team are based for the tournament.
The midfield schemer does believe that he is making steady progress however and remains in optimistic mood.
"The coach and I have been speaking on a daily basis on how things are going and the level of discomfort and things are getting better and better," Iniesta told Spanish television station Cuatro.
"If I feel good then why not play?"
"I am feeling in good shape," he insisted.
Head coach Vicente del Bosque put the rest of his 23-man squad through an up-tempo session on Saturday which Iniesta sat out, but the 26-year-old did join in training with the rest of the squad on Sunday.
Del Bosque has already insisted that Iniesta will be in the starting line-up on Wednesday.