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23 Oct 2009
Juca will miss his third game in a row due to a thigh injury, while Zé Castro is still doubtful for the match at the Nuevo José Zorrilla. Those were the main novelties after Thursday’s training.

On Thursday the team trained behind closed doors at the Riazor, it seems that coach Miguel Angel Lotina will return to play with a 4-2-3-1 system though he didn’t give too many clues about the players that will compose the starting squad. Instead the novelties were outside the pitch, because it has been confirmed that Brazilian Juca will miss his third straight game in liga due to the injury suffered against Villarreal (intramuscular edema).

The Brazilian haven’t trained with the team during the week and now the doctors are trying a different approach as the midfielder is traveling to Barcelona in order to have a second opinion from doctor Ramón Balius, who is considered as an expert in muscular injuries. This means that the ex-Partizan is already discarded for the game at the José Zorrilla.

Doctor Ramón Barral talked to reporters on Thursday and explained the situation of Juca, “Today, he wasn’t able to train with the rest of the squad, and evidently he won’t be available for Miguel Angel Lotina ahead of Saturday’s clash against Valladolid. However, his work on the pitch has been good and the normal thing would be to see him joining the group tomorrow, the day after or even on Monday.”

“But after the work done at the start of the week, he began to feel more pain; that’s the reason for the trip to Barcelona, we have made three scans and we can’t appreciate any serious damage on the muscle, that’s why we are traveling in order to consult one of the biggest experts in the country.” Barral added.

Meanwhile, Zé Castro is still doubtful due to a thigh injury, doctor Barral explained the case of the Portuguese central defender, “He is dragging an injury on the rectus muscle of his right thigh, problem suffered in the past, and during a training session in which the players were shooting on target, he suffered a setback. He can do everything, but can’t strike the ball with the needed strength. We have decided to stop before the problem could be worse.”

The doctor was also asked about the physical state of Lassad, and the response was that, “Lassad hasn’t missed yet any training session since his return, he is a player that faces problems trying to support intense and repeated training sessions, but his latest resistance test was positive, and little by little he’s recovering his level.”



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