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GUARDADO NO, LAFITA YES, XISCO MAYBE

05 Mar 2008
The presence of Andr�s Guardado for the match at Mestalla is already discarded, but Angel Lafita has big chances to be fit for the game. Meanwhile, the doctors at Depor will wait until Friday in order to meet Xisco's chances of been ready for the confrontation. In Valencia, Koeman is testing several alternatives, one of them is to play with Arizmendi at the right-back position.

All eyes were on Angel Lafita during Wednesday, the Aragonian winger worked with Depor's physical trainer -Carlos Lal�n- during the session. Later, doctor Carlos Lari�o talked with reporters about his case "He has a contusion in the medial collateral ligament (knee), someone hit him in that zone with the boot during the past game. Yesterday he had a haematoma. You could felt it touching the area with the hand. Today he worked with Carlos Lal�n in the morning, he will do the same on the afternoon. I expect he will be ready to play at the end of the week."

But who has been discarded for the game is Andr�s Guardado, the Mexican will have to delay his comeback for one more week since his muscular problem (stress fracture) isn't healed. The case was also explained by doctor Lari�o "He was evolving really well, but before the game with Espanyol, he had a weird sensation. We repeated the scans and we saw the injury wasn't healed. There was some blood around the scar, that means we can't put tension to his leg. That's why he's working outside the group. With this kind of injuries, we start talking about four weeks, but later it can de extended for more. Just look what happened to Messi yesterday. Maybe he entered too soon. But I'm sure the doctors are Barcelona are very professional."

Together with Guardado, the other player already discarded for the game at Mestalla is Cristian Hidalgo who still out for his knee problems "One day he trains, and in the other one he's treated. He's evolving. We are injecting him in the knee with an anti-inflammatory, five times per week. I hope he'll be ready in two weeks" was the diagnosis of doctor Lari�o about the case of the Catalan.

And  Xisco still doubtful, he isn't training with the group after he suffered an adductor problem on the past Thursday. Doctor Lari�o said the Mallorcan striker could be ready for Sunday's clash with Valencia, but that he will wait until Friday in order to give a final diagnosis "He's evolving from him problem in the adductor. He will be ready to work with the group at the end of the week, but if I say that he will be fit for Valencia's game, later you would reclaim to me. Therefore we'll wait and we'll follow the case day by day."

A new injury case appeared on Wednesday's session: Julien De Guzm�n. The Canadian was feeling pain in the adductor (right knee). The doctors decided to rest him and he didn't end the session, however Lari�o said the player will be fine for the weekend "He runs a lot during the games and ends very tired. That's why we have preferred to give him some rest. I believe there won't be a problem for the game against Valencia."

Other new case is Adrian, the Asturian striker already surpassed his previous ankle problem, but on Tuesday, he started to feel pain at the back of the heel (Achilles). He was treated by the doctors and its expected he will back for Thursday's training.

KOEMAN IS TESTING NEW ALTERNATIVES
The headaches for Ronald Koeman are related to the absentees for the game against Depor, Rub�n Baraja and Hedwiges Maduro are suspended and Emiliano Moretti joined the list after the competition committee decided to ban him for the game against Depor. With Carlos Marchena doubtful for injury reasons, the Dutch coach have big casualties in the defensive sector.

That's why he tested new alternatives during Wednedays' training, the novelties were to see Marco Caneira at the left-back, while ex-Depor Javier Arizmendi performed at the right-back position, the Madrilenian already played in that place on this season. But Miguel has also a chance to play in that function, the Portuguese has been out of the starting team during the past three weeks due to suspension and for muscular problems.

In midfield, Koeman tested with the trio Sunny-Banega-Ed�, although David Silva replaced Ed� at the end of the session. The big doubt is to know who will play alongside David Villa upfront, Fernando Morientes is doubtful with an Achilles problem. The job that could be for Juan Carlos Mata, the ex-Real Madrid has been his normal replacement during the past ten matchdays.

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