Squad news


09 Sep 2009
Lotina has all his squad available ahead of the clash against Malaga (Sunday, 17h00 CET), the Basque is only waiting for the return of the international players. At Malaga, coach Muñoz is also recovering some of the injured players.

Deportivo debuts at the Riazor on Sunday during the visit of Malaga FC to La Coruña. For the occasion coach Miguel Angel Lotina has all his players available. On Monday Riki was struggling with a muscular injury and the Basque manager even expressed his concern at the press room of Abegondo, "Riki has some problems. He was having difficulties when he was running and we are waiting. I'm worried because he's a player currently living a good moment, his stronger point is the velocity and the change of pace, I'm worried. We will follow his state during the week.”

But by Tuesday the Madrilenian striker was already working at the same pace than the rest of the squad, meaning he will be ready for Sunday’s clash. Laure is also fit to play after the right-back needed three stitches to close a wound in the eyebrow as he was accidentally hit by Antonio Tomas during Monday’s training.

Another player with physical problems is Juca, the Brazilian was hit with the ball in his right wrist and the scans determined that he suffered a fissure in the Distal Radial Epiphysis. In order to train and play, within the next four weeks the midfielder will need a special protection for the area, but he’s ready to play against Malaga.

Also, the three players that spent the last week injured are already working with the rest of the squad: Mista (knee), Lassad (muscular) and Adrián (hamstring), meaning they might get some minutes on Sunday. Now, Lotina is only waiting for the return of his three international players: Andrés Guardado, Filipe Luis and Zé Castro, men that should join the team between Friday and Saturday.

Meanwhile, at Malaga coach Juan Ramón López Muñiz is also hoping to recover some of his injured players. Central defender Milan Stepanov (hamstring) and left-back Patrick Mtiliga (bounded leg) seems already fit to play, while Apoño and Helder might be ready after surpassing the stress fractures that kept them sidelined in recent months.

Who is already discarded for the match is defender Jordi Pablo, who suffered a serious knee injury two weeks ago and that will be out of action during six months. Also, Malaga also has two players in international duty: Duda (Portugal) and Victor Obinna (Nigeria).




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