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DEFINING THE SQUAD

28 Jul 2008
The list of 26 men called for the tour in Venezuela represents the first clue of what Lotina wants for the new season. Because it’s expected that 22 of these 26 men will have a final place in the list for la liga. Bodipo is the biggest surprise in the Venezuelan tour, but he’s only replacing Coloccini. Meanwhile the absences of Aouate, Mun??a and Taborda only confirm they are already out of Lotina’s plans.

Lotina’s list for the tour in Venezuela was highly expected by reporters since it would give the first hints about the conformation of Deportivo’s squad for the season 2008/2009. The list is conformed by 26 men: Fabricio, Aranzub?a, Manu, Manuel Pablo, Adri??n L??pez ?Piscu’, Filipe, Lopo, Ze Castro, Rochela, Laure, Juanan, De Guzman, Sergio, Verd??, Antonio Tom??s, Guardado, Cristian, Valer??n, Juan Rodr?guez, Pablo ?lvarez, Rki, Bodipo, Lafita, Xisco, Mista and Omar Bravo.

Of these 26 men, it’s expected that Lotina will keep 22 for la liga. The four exceptions should be Manu, Rochela, Juanan and Bodipo. Manu is waiting to go out loaned, but he was included in the South American tour since Lotina prefers to travel with three goalkeepers. Rochela and Juanan will make the normal season with Fabril. Both were included in the squad since Fabricio Coloccini and Pablo Amo are staying in La Coru?a. The Argentinean is out since he’s waiting for novelties about his future, while Amo is injured although he could be also transferred to Zaragoza.

 Bodipo should be the big surprise in the list, but it must be remembered that he’s only taking Coloccini’s spot. He should go out after the end of the Venezuelan tour. In this way, Lotina’s words will be fulfilled after he said that his squad will be conformed by 24 players or by 25 in case that Pablo Amo stays. To the current list of twenty two men, Lotina will surely add Coloccini or his replacement plus Antonio Barrag??n who stayed in La Coru?a continuing with his recuperation process. The Galician right-back was operated a few months ago from a knee injury and his return is expected for November/December.

This means that Lotina’s team for the season 2008/2009 will be conformed by these twenty four players: Fabricio, Aranzub?a (goalkeepers); Manuel Pablo, Adri??n L??pez ?Piscu’, Filipe, Lopo, Ze Castro, Coloccini -or his substitute- Laure, Barrag??n (defenders); De Guzman, Sergio, Verd??, Antonio Tom??s, Guardado, Cristian, Valer??n, Juan Rodr?guez, Lafita, Pablo ?lvarez (midfielders); Riki, Xisco, Mista and Omar Bravo.

Pablo Amo could be added to the list in case he isn’t transferred to Zaragoza, in this last case the list of players will be composed by 25 men. The situation only confirms that Dudu Aouate, Gustavo Mun??a, Sebasti??n Taborda and Rodolfo Bodipo are the discards for the season 2008/2009, the club is currently searching for a destiny for them and the target is to negotiate a final transfer or a cancellation of contract. Besides, Deportivo still has to decide what to do with Adri??n, Manu, Jairo and Rodri. The difference is that in these cases, the club would prefer a loan to another club.

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