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THINKING OF RACING

14 Oct 2008
Lotina is recovering almost all his injured players for the trip to Santander, only Pablo Amo will miss the game with Racing Santander while the coach appoints the most important thing is to face la liga. Similar are the news in the Cantabrian club, that’s because Munitis, Tchit?©, Juanjo and Iv??n Marcano are now fit to play.

The week started with good news for coach Miguel Angel Lotina, because he has cleaned the injury room for the visit to Santander (Sunday, 17h00 CET). Pablo Alvarez (hamstring string), Z?© Castro (Gastroenteritis and muscular problems), Julian De Guzm??n (abductor/groin strain) and Riki (muscular contracture) are now fit to play after been suffering different problems during the past week.

Pablo Amo will be the only casualty for the game against Racing Santander since he hasn’t surpassed yet his Achilles injury. The entire squad, with the exceptions of Guardado, Omar Bravo and  Aouate, has been training since Monday and today the group will work behind closed doors at the Riazor. It’s expected that the session will be used by Lotina in order to prepare the lineup for Sunday.

On Tuesday, Lotina emphasised at Abegondo’s press room what are the priorities of Deportivo �I want to see the fans understanding how this thing works out. The most important thing for the club, and I have clear this inside my mind, is to see Depor continuing at Primera Divisi??n for the next year. This is the most important competition, because it’s the life of Deportivo. However, in both UEFA and Copa we are going to fight until death, because we are there and we want to keep the prestige. And in order to win this prestige, we need to advance to the next rounds. The most important thing is la liga, but this doesn’t means that we won’t aspire to the other two tournaments.�

Taking in mind that Deportivo will be playing two games per week in the upcoming two months, the Basque coach affirmed that once again he will implement the rotations at El Sardinero �We will use the rotations, but only to allow the entrance of people that’s fit to play, and not because Lotina wants it. We will have to refresh the squad at a maximum level. In each game we are going to study the characteristics of the rival and if they have slow central defenders on the pitch, as example, then we can put a fast striker. And so on, we will be making variations, but always remaining that the important thing is la liga.� Later in a radio interview, Depor’s coach opened a door to the possible debut of Fabricio Agosto in Copa �"Aranzubia has played everything until now, but my idea is to see Fabricio playing in Copa."

And talking about the rival and despite the bad start of Racing in la liga, Lotina expects a tough game in Santander �Within the equality of all the clubs, Racing lives a similar situation than us. They made a great campaign on the past year and now they are coming after winning in Pamplona. They are reinforced for that reason. We are going to try to complicate the things to them and add the three points.�

MUNITIS RETURNS
And as Lotina appointed, Racing is living a similar situation compared to Deportivo, that’s because coach Juan Ram??n L??pez Mu?±iz is recovering several key players that have been injured lately. More precisely the men that are now fit to play are Pedro Munitis (knee), Juanjo (head blow), Mohamed Tchit?© (sterno-clavicular sprain) and Iv??n Marcano (ankle sprain).

Munitis has missed the last four liga games due to an injury in his left knee, the problem occurred at the end of September and it was expected he would be out for six weeks, but the ex-Depor winger returned to train on Monday and seems fit to face his former club. Meanwhile striker Tchit?© missed the UEFA’s trip to Finland and the visit to Pamplona after suffering a sprain at the collarbone (sterno-clavicular sprain) during the liga game with RCD Mallorca

Finally, striker Juanjo and left-back Iv??n Marcano played the last game against Osasuna, but they suffered injuries during the game tough they are fit now. The bad news of the week is that defender Oriol Lozano suffered a muscle rupture during yesterday’s training and will be out of action during four weeks. But the defender hasn’t been part of the plans of the coach during the present season, actually he hasn’t debuted yet on this liga campaign. The other casualty at the squad is defender Luis Fern??ndez (knee).

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