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FILIPE IN, GUARDADO OUT

21 Apr 2010
On Tuesday it was confirmed that Guardado will not return to play on this season and now the club is thinking in sending the winger back to Mexico, while Filipe trained for the first time at the same pace than the rest of players.

As doctor Carlos Lariño said one day before, the scans made to Andrés Guardado have confirmed what was feared: the Mexican winger will no longer play on this season. The ex-Atlas left the pitch at minute 13 of the match against UD Almeria and it was suspected that he had an adductor grade one muscular injury.

This means a tear in a muscle of his right knee, something that was confirmed on Tuesday and that means between four and three weeks to heal, and since the season ends in about a month and with Depor practically eliminated from Europe the doctors don’t want to take risks, therefore the general idea is to not rush him and wait to allow his comeback until the upcoming FIFA World Cup with Mexico.

Actually, the club was already contacted by Mexico’s officials in order to allow his return to the North American country before the original date. Something that was confirmed to reporters by Néstor de la Torre, the director of the national teams in Mexico, “We must wait, we are talking in order to bring him back before the expectations, but must wait now.”

This means that Guardado could be traveling in the coming days and that he could continue with his recovery process in his home country. In the meantime his partner at the left side, Filipe Luis, begun to train at the same pace than the rest of players during Tuesday’s training session. He has been out after sustaining a serious injury during the home liga match with Athletic Bilbao (January 23)

Now the target is to see the Brazilian returning for the penultimate game on the season, the home match against RCD Mallorca (May 8 or 9), but nobody at Depor wants to fix a date, as Lotina said after the training, “It would be good to see him playing a couple of games, this ahead of next season, in this way he will start forgetting about the injury, though he is not totally fit. It will be pretty that it could be at the Riazor, but he and the doctors are the ones that will fix a date. I don’t want to talk of a date, because we must wait for his evolution.”

Finally, the Basque manager talked of the will of the player in order to return, “Right now, logically, Filipe is not fit to play, but today, after the training session ended, he told me: ‘coach, don’t you have more?’ This is very good after all the time that has passed since the injury.”

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