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REGAINING TROOPS

25 Mar 2009
The best news for Lotina is that he is finally regaining the injury players at his team, for next week’s trip to Barcelona the Basque will be able to recuperate three men, the most important one is Antonio Tom??s, this since he’s losing Sergio and Rodr?­guez for suspension.

Miguel Angel Lotina is finally recovering some of the players he has missed in recent weeks, the little â€?crisisâ€? of injuries is reaching its end as Antonio Tomas and Rodolfo Bodipo have been training with normality since Tuesday, though the Cantabrian was rested on Wednesday for precaution reasons, while Z?© Castro is entering little by little since he has been suffering from a tonsillitis. The Portuguese worked on Wednesday without problems.

Antonio Tom??s has missed the last three liga games due to a Hamstring strain, same kind of injury that kept Bodipo out of the squad during the last ten official games, while Z?© Castro has been out  during the last month due to an adductor problem.

"I hope to be fit for the match against Espanyol, but the most important thing is to get the needed pace and to not have more problems," said Antonio Tom??s after Tuesday’s training session. The Cantabrian was also appointed that he hasn’t had any problem in his return to the pitch after almost one full month stopped, "I've found quite well. I am entering gradually to the team and the important thing is that I have good feelings."

"The goal is to be full recovered and play everything possible, because I was playing in the last matchdays and I will try to enter to the starting eleven again, but we will not force things, because there is time.� The Cantabrian finalized.

The return of Antonio Tom??s is coming in a very opportune moment for Lotina, this because Sergio and Juan Rodr?­guez, two of the four players at the squad that perform at the pivote function, are suspended for the visit to RCD Espanyol. And all appoints the Cantabrian and Julian De Guzm??n will be the two starting options at Montjuic.

Meanwhile, Z?© Castro is trying to be cautious with his return, "I have not trained with the group as a precaution measure. Now there is no hurry because we have two weeks to work until next game, but little by little I will be training with the team" Said the Portuguese after Tuesday’s session. He has been a normal starter alongside Lopo at the centre of the defence, but the presence of Colotto and Piscu, plus the recent return of Pablo Amo are giving plenty options to Lotina for the clash against Espanyol.

More precious is the case of Rodolfo Bodipo, lately Lotina has only had Lassad and Riki available for the striking zone, and the return of the Guinean player is giving more options to an attacking zone that has only contributed with the 27% of the goals conquered by Depor on the liga season.

Riki and Lafita have faced an ankle problem since the game with Betis, reason why both men haven’t trained properly during the week, but they should be fit for the visit to Montjuic. Same case than Laure, the right-back hasn’t trained due the tear in the muscle that has affected him lately, but he should be fit too for the game. The two players that won’t be ready for the trip to Espanyol are Manuel Pablo (knee) and Mista (pubalgy), all appoints that both will need an additional week in order to return to train.

A thing to have in mind is that, if the injury crisis is passing from Depor, a new shadow is now menacing the future: the suspensions. It was previously said that Sergio and Juan Rodr?­guez are suspended for the visit to Espanyol, the fact is that other two men that perform in midfield, Verd?? and De Guzm??n are just one yellow card away from a suspension, same case than Filipe Luis and Manuel Pablo, both with four yellows on the liga season.

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