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STARTING THE PRE-SEASON

01 Jul 2008
Deportivo's pre-season kick-offs today at Abegondo. Last night coach Lotina had a meeting with the major part of the players in order to communicate his training plans. As it's a tradition during recent years, Depor's coach will have to face the pre-season stage with overbooking. And its that Deportivo already has thirty three players in its squad.

The pre-season of Deportivo starts today at Abegondo. On Tuesday's night, coach Lotina had a meeting with the major part of the players in order to communicate his plans. For the moment coach Lotina is starting the work with 24 players: Aouate, Mun??a, Manuel Pablo, Filipe, Lopo, Sergio, Taborda, Verd??, Riki, Rub?n Castro, Antonio Tom??s, Lafita, Barrag??n, Cristian, Valer??n, Juan Rodr?guez, Xisco, Pablo Amo, Pablo Alvarez, Adri??n L??pez 'Piscu', Alex, Mista, Omar Bravo and Laure. Also, four Fabril's youngsters have been called for this part of the stage: Manu, Fabricio, Juanan and Rochela.

Angel Lafita was the biggest surprise during Lotina's first calling. Despite the speculation Real Zaragoza might be fulfilling its buyout clause in the next days -Depor already said it will pay its option on this week- the Aragonian winger attended to Lotina's first meeting. Who wasn't there is Filipe Luis. The agent of the Brazilian left-back told to reporters that Rentistas ordered to him to omit Lotina's calling and to wait until the controversy with the transfer is over. This last case is an important setback for Lotina, because the Basque trainer doesn't have any other left-back in its squad at this point.

But more problems are in the horizon. In two weeks, Lotina will start to face an overbooking situation as the international players and the ones that spent the last season loaned in other clubs will return to La Coru?a. More specifically, three players are returning in July 15: Guardado, Bodipo and De Guzm??n, while other six are coming back on July 20: Coloccini, Rodri, Momo, Aythami, Jairo and Adri??n. This will rise the list of players to thirty three plus the four youngsters from Fabril.

In this way, president Lendoiro has two weeks in order to search for an exit to the players already discarded by coach Lotina. The exact list of names isn’t public, but it’s speculated the list of discards is conformed by Aouate, Mun??a, Aythami, Rodri, Momo, Jairo, Bodipo, Rub?n Castro and Taborda. If no exits are fulfilled, the Basque coach will have to work with an extra 'overweight' during the pre-season and during the Intertoto cup. Meanwhile, Mista was presented on Tuesday's afternoon at the Riazor, while Omar Bravo will do the same on Wednesday.


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