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DOUBTS IN MIDFIELD AND UP FRONT

06 Feb 2010
Ahead of the visit to Malaga FC, Lotina hasnít decided yet the couple that will play at midfield, so far he has tested two possibilities, while the five attackers are living a complicate moment with just eight goals on the season.

Coach Miguel Angel Lotina will have the same casualties of the past game against Real Madrid; Guardado and Sergio already joined the collective work and itís expected that, today, both will complete the full session with the rest of their team mates, but doctors will delay their comeback until next weekís game against RCD Espanyol.

The same happens with Mista, who could be back next week and has a chance to be part of the game against the Catalans, while Lassad is already working in a special clinic in France and will not return until the end of the month. At least Ze Castro and Albert Lopo surpassed a gastroenteritis problem, while Pablo Alvarez is already fit to play after surpassing a small ankle sprain.

However, the Basque coach will have to call, once again, one or two Fabrilís players in order to complete the list of 18 or 19 players. Diego Seoane is one of the candidates and Lotina could even put him directly into the starting lineup performing as a left-back defender. The other Fabrilís candidate is Juan Dominguez, who could be a starter at midfield.

Precisely, thatís one of the big doubts for the game; on Thursday Lotina tested two possible combinations for the pivote functions, the first one was the offensive couple composed by Antonio TomŠs and Juan Dominguez, while the other was more defensive: Juan Rodriguez and Juca. Bur in the end Lotina might end using a combination of both alternatives. On Friday the coach didnít test any specific squad as the players had a video session in which they analysed the rival and the errors committed against Real Madrid.

Other of the doubts is at the attacking zone; Riki could be returning into the starting lineup taking the place that AdriŠn has occupied within the last eight liga matches (Barcelona FC, UD Almeria, Valencia FC, Real Zaragoza, Osasuna, RCD Mallorca, Athletic Bilbao and Real Madrid). The Asturian has been the starting attacker after the injuries of Lassad, Mista and Riki, and is currently suffering a drought of 734 minutes without scoring a goal, but he isnít the only one dealing with scoring problems.

Actually Deporís strikers are among the most ineffective ones in la liga. So far they have only scored eight goals (Riki 3, Lassad 2, Adrian 2, Mista 1 and Bodipo 0). And only one of those eight goals was scored within the last two months. It was the penalty goal that Riki scored against Real Madrid. The previous goal of an attacker was the one that Adrian scored against Barcelona FC (December 5)

All the doubts ahead of the game against Malaga will be clarified during this day, the team will train in the morning and later Lotina will release the list of picked players that will travel to Andalusia.

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