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SIX MONTHS WITHOUT A FIXED LINEUP

02 Apr 2010
The countless injuries have forced Lotina to experiment with all kind of movements in the lineups for the games; the Basque has only repeated twice a lineup in straight matches, the last time on September of the past year.

On Thursday Pablo Alvarez, Juan Dominguez (both ankle) and Lassad (thigh) were still out of the training sessions, and coach Miguel Angel Lotina will probably have to discard Alvarez and Lassad for the match against Atletico Madrid as the doctors expect that both men won’t be ready for the visit to the Vicente Calderón. To make things worse Mista was having a hamstring problem, but at least Ze Castro and Sergio were already working at the same pace than the rest of the players.

Those ups and downs have been a normal thing on the season for Depor’s coach; the countless injuries have been affecting his planning of the games and that fact is demonstrated by the composition of the lineups presented in the 29 matchdays played so far in la liga. The Basque man has only repeated twice a lineup, the last time was between matchdays 04 & 05 (September 23& 27, at Xerez and Vs Villarreal).

And it’s that the ins and outs of Riki, Guardado, Sergio, Mista, Lassad and the long-term cases of Filipe, Angulo and Juca have forced the coach to improvise with all kind of experiments –sometimes weird ones- like playing with Laure at the right-back position, Pablo Alvarez on the left wing, Ze Castro on the pivote functions, without mentioning the several positions occupied by ‘multifunctional’ Juan Rodriguez.

And a clear way to see all these changes is the comparison of the squads used at matchday 01 and 29, in the opening game against Real Madrid coach Lotina used this formation: Aranzubia - Laure, Zé Castro, Lopo, Filipe - Juca, Juan Rodríguez - Pablo Álvarez, Valerón, Guardado - Riki. Meanwhile, in the past game with Getafe the formation was: Manu - Manuel Pablo, Colotto, Zé Castro, Laure - Sergio, Antonio Tomás, Juan Rodríguez - Juan Domínguez, Lassad – Adrián.

Totally, eight modifications as only three men repeated their appearance: Zé Castro, Laure and Juan Rodríguez. The casualties have also forced the coach to switch the tactical formation in several opportunities as Lotina has passed from the classical 4-2-3-1 to the 5-2-2-1 and more lately to the 4-3-2-1.

It is something worrying the Meñaka-born trainer, as he recently told to reporters, “We have spent the whole second round making a team, because each week we are forced to pull somebody out, to introduce a new player and we haven’t settle yet. No one knows which one is the starting eleven of Depor, with so many changes during the week, and that is noticed by the team.”

MORE CASULTIES AT FABRIL
The B squad seems to have been contagious by the epidemy  of injuries; coach Tito Ramallo has faced troubles throughout the season to build up his lineups as players like Chirri, Karl, Castillo, Joshua and Hugo Garcia have been injured, but the worst came this week as two youngsters suffered serious knee injuries.

First it was keeper Marcos Valín, who twisted his knee during Monday’s training with the first squad, which led him to a anterior cruciate ligament injury also affecting the meniscus. And on Wednesday it was 19-year-old central defender Diego Vieytes Salgado, who sustained an injury during a training with the B squad. On Thursday the scans determined that it is a medial cartilage meniscus injury. Now both players will miss the rest of the season and will have to pass through surgery.

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