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WILHELMSSON BIG DOUBT FOR SUNDAY'S GAME

03 Apr 2008
Coach Lotina continues to face problems in order to build a line-up for Sunday's game against Racing Santander. On Thursday, the Basque coach missed three players due to physical problems. The main one is Christian Wilhelmsson. With Guardado already out, Lotina only have two additional wingers in the first squad: Lafita and Cristian, this last player is coming back after a long-term injury.

Problems and more problems, that's what Lotina has found all over the week in order to build a team for the clash at El Sardinero. On Thursday's training, three players missed the session for different physical problems: Christian Wilhelmsson (muscular injury), Xisco (hamstring strain) and Rodolfo Bodipo (back problem).

It's expected this three men will be available for Sunday, but with time running up, the alternatives are limited. Specially on the right wing, sector were Wilhelmsson has performed during the last month. With Andr?Šs Guardado already discarded for the rest of the season, Angel Lafita will have to cover the left wing and the only available choice at Depor's bench is Cristian Hidalgo, who is just returning after surpassing a knee injury.

In attack the things are more clear, if Xisco and Bodipo aren't fit to play, Lotina has four options: Riki, Rub?Šn Castro, Sebasti??n Taborda and Adri??n. Riki is returning after a suspension and Taborda has enjoyed of some minutes within the last two games, meaning this two players are the main options if Xisco is discarded for the encounter.

Other absence is occurring in defence: Alberto Lopo. The Catalan is suspended and Lotina will have to make a chance in his defensive line for the first time since he started to play with the system of five defenders. All appoints that Adri??n L??pez 'Piscu' will be his substitute, in fact, the Galician youngster already worked alongside Pablo Amo during Thursday's training, while Coloccini worked in the middle of them.

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