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THINKING OF RACING

05 Mar 2009
Guardado and Riki passed a physical test and are ready for Sunday’s game against Racing Santander, but now Laure and Lassad are doubtful. At Racing, Zigic is returning from suspension, but Munitis is already discarded due to a knee problem.

On Thursday’s morning, Deportivo trained at Abegondo sporting city. For the occasion, coach Miguel Angel Lotina prepared a football match between his available players and some youngsters picked from Fabril. Then main intention was to test the sensations of Riki (thigh) and Andr?s Guardado (stress fracture), two players that are just coming out from an injury case.

The results were positive as both men played the game without any problem, Riki performed for the whole match, while Guardado just missed the last two minutes due to precautions reasons. Therefore both are fit and ready to play on Sunday’s game against Racing Santander (Riazor, 17h00 CET)

In the practicing game at Abegondo, Lotina used 22 players, including Pablo Amo who is also coming out from an injury case, the five youngsters from Fabril in the session were: David Rochela, Juan Dom?nguez, Diego Seoane, Manu and Guille. The two players that weren’t able to take part of that game were Laure and Lassad, both were out due to a thigh problem (pulled hamstring) and it isn’t know yet if they will be fit to face Racing.

The first squad used in the training session was a 4-3-2-1 formation: Aranzub?a - Seoane, Lopo, Piscu, Filipe - Rochela, Juan Dom?nguez, Juan Rodr?guez - Verd??, Guille – Riki, while the other team had a 4-2-3-1 lineup: Mun??a - Barrag??n, Pablo Amo, Colotto, Manu - De Guzm??n, Sergio - Pablo ?lvarez, Valer??n, Guardado - Lafita.

The last two injury cases, Laure and Lassad, are just adding more problems to Lotina, this since the Basque coach is already missing Mista, Bodipo, Antonio Tom??s, Ze Castro, Cristian and Manuel Pablo due to injury reasons. The worst thing is that both cases are affecting sectors already hit by the injuries. If their absences for Sunday’s game are finally confirmed, Lotina will be forced to play with Piscu at the right-position, Diego Colotto or Pablo Amo as the other central defender, while Riki will be forced to start in the striking zone. In the beginning it’s expected the coach will keep using a 4-3-2-1 system, but the players on the formation will probably be decided on Friday, this after the latest tests practiced to Laure; and Lassad.

Meanwhile, Racing Santander is arriving to the Riazor with striker Nicola Zigic and defender Ezequiel Garay returning to the squad after suspension, but coach Juan Ram??n L??pez Mu?iz is now missing winger Pedro Munitis and attacker Mohammed Tchit?, both men already discarded due to a knee problem. Ex-Depor Pablo Pinillos is also out as he picked the fifth yellow card of the season during the last match in liga (1-1 Vs Osasuna).

Racing is living a poor moment in liga as it only added five points within the first six games of the second round, reason why the Cantabrians are now more close to relegation than to Europe. Ezequiel Garay was talking to reporters and said that Racing needs a positive result at the Riazor, ?We need the three points to look upwards and not to the last places. However, we aren’t nervous, what we need to do is to go out focused in the game. If we aren’t able to achieve the three points, the important thing would be to not lose, because a point is also useful.?

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