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THINKING OF GETAFE

13 May 2009
Lassad, again, and Bodipo are doubtful ahead of the clash against Getafe. It seems the Tunisian will miss his second game in a row, while the Equatoguinean should be fit for Saturday. At Getafe, Granero wasn’t forgiven by the competition committee.

All appoints that Lassad Nouioui will miss his second straight game due to a muscular contracture, the Tunisian didn’t took part of the last game against Recreativo though he made the trip to Huelva, now he has missed the last two training sessions ahead of the clash against Getafe (Riazor, Saturday, 20h00 CET). More precisely, the injury of Lassad is a contracture in the semitendinosus muscle on his right leg; he has been working apart from the rest of players and under the supervision of the club’s doctors.

Other player that has been doubtful is Rodolfo Bodipo, the Equatoguinean striker missed Tuesday’s training and just completed part of Wednesday’s session due to a contusion on his left thigh. However, it is expected that he will be fit enough to appear in the starting lineup that will face Getafe. The ex-Alav?©s man has been a starter in the last three liga encounters.

Z?© Castro also skipped Wednesday’s training, though in the case of the Portuguese defender he had the permission of Lotina. Meanwhile, Mista and Antonio Tom??s still working apart. The novelty on the session was to see Fabril’s Iv??n P?©rez and Juanan working with the first squad, Lotina may surprise and call any of them for Saturday’s game since Deportivo B already ended its season.

After the training ended, Juan Rodr?­guez talked to reporters at the press room, he was analysing the European chances of Depor, â€?We must be with our feet on the ground. We know that winning the nine points that still in dispute is going to be something very difficult, and we can’t fail if we want to be there. We have options for Champions League, but for that, we have to enter to the UEFA first. We will keep working, adding and trying to pull up. We have a beautiful opportunity, it is hard, but is there at your fingertips, and let's go for it."

The Andalusian midfielder was also saying that Depor’s squad must be only focused on Saturday’s match at the Riazor, "If the team is there is not by accident, but by its own merits and, if we end out, it would be a big hit, because we've been in high positions throughout the season, but nobody thinks of that. The most immediate match is Getafe and is the one we have in mind. If we think of Sevilla and Barcelona, we are doomed and we’re committing a big mistake.�

At Getafe, new coach Jos?© Miguel Gonz??lez â€?Michel’ has several casualties ahead of the game, the most important one is Esteban Granero. â€?The Pirate’ picked his fifth yellow card of the season during the game against Osasuna, this for been simulating a penalty. Getafe appealed the decision, but the competition committee denied the petition.

Granero is an important man at midfield, so far he has played 32 matches and represents the third player with more minutes on the season (2,334). He has also scored four goals, including two against Osasuna. But who has been forgiven by the la liga competition committee is defender Adri??n Gonz??lez, he was sent off in the game against the Navarrans, but the committee has considered he didn’t commit any aggression against Osasuna’s Juanfran.

Other casualty for the game is German midfielder Eugen Polanski (muscular injury), while Javier Casquero (ankle), Juan Alb?­n (knee) and Jaime Gavil??n (thigh) are all doubtful for the match at the Riazor. At least Swiss Fabio Celestini is ready to return after surpassing a knee injury.

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