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THINKING OF ATHLETIC BILBAO

10 Apr 2008
Lotina hasn't tested yet any specific line-up for Sunday's game, but he already appointed that Wilhelmsson and Lopo will return, meaning he will probably use the same squad that defeated Murcia a fortnight ago. Meanwhile, Caparr??s is having some casualties for the trip to La Coru?±a.

The training sessions during the last couple of days have been based in stationary plays and set pieces. On Thursday, the squad also worked with the ball possession. Apart from the case of Andr?©s Guardado, there are no injury worries in the squad. Wilhelmsson is already working with the group, same thing than Riki who suffered a blow in the head during a clash with Taborda on Wednesday, but the Madrilenian is fine and he even played for copa Galicia.

All this means that Lotina has plenty options in order to build the line-up for the upcoming game against Athletic Bilbao (Sunday 17h00). Despite Lotina hasn't tested any specific squad, his plans are already clear, as he said at Abegondo during Wednesday: "At the beginning, 'Willy' and Lopo are coming back. We'll face a team that's in a very healthy condition, they are achieving very good results, they are frankly well and represents a dangerous team that is very sure about what they are doing."

Therefore it's expected that Deportivo will play with the same squad that defeated Real Murcia a fortnight ago, the novelties compared to the last game at Santander should be the entrances of Christian Wilhelmsson and Albert Lopo for Juan Rodr?­guez and Adri??n L??pez 'Piscu'.

Meanwhile, Joaqu?­n Caparr??s is facing problems in order to build his line-up. Left-back Asier del Horno will miss the game after he suffered a knee injury during the week, while Pablo Orbaiz went through surgery in order to solve an ankle problem. This two defenders have joined goalkeeper Gorka Iraizoz (muscular problem) in the list of casulties for the trip to La Coru?±a.

Besides, Caparr??s has other four doubts: Francisco Yeste (knee), Igor Gabilondo (muscular problem), Ustaritz Aldekoaotalora (ankle) and Aitor Ocio (thigh). However it's expected this four men will be fit to play for the game at the Riazor.

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