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RIKI AND VALERON RETURNS

20 Oct 2010
Lotina is recovering key men ahead of the clash with Real Sociedad; Riki and Valerón were already training with the squad on Monday. Meanwhile, Urreta has returned from Uruguay, but it seems that he won’t travel to San Sebastian.

Riki is now the main hope as the medicine to cure the scoring problems at Deportivo; the Madrilenian striker has been out for a month due to a thigh problem suffered in the game with Getafe. On Monday he was already training and should be part of the team travelling to San Sebastian in order to face Real Sociedad (Monday, 21h00 CET).

The ex-Getafe forward was the Pichichi of Depor on the past season, but he doesn’t look at himself as the savior of the club, “I don’t think I am, but can bring things to the team, including the consistence that I’ve always shown since I’m playing football. In the first training of the week Valerón and I were feeling fine, and that gives us confidence.” He said after Monday’s training.

It is true that Riki has only played 36 minutes on the liga season, but the striker still believes that he can help Depor, “I work to help the team, if it can be from the start, the better. In the pre-season I played almost all the matches as starter, and then didn’t start the league. If they give me 15, 20, 45 minutes, or an hour, I will always give everything to help the team, although what you always want is to play since the start. I have spent many years working with this coach and I've never felt as the starter, much less, but I always felt like a major player by my own merits. It is true that I've always been used in the games, but not as much as I would have liked. "

The other man returning is Juan Carlos Valerón, the Canarian suffered a tear in a muscle of his right thigh during a training session. He was out for a couple of weeks, and on Monday he was working without any problem. Valerón is another case of an important player without too many minutes on the season as he has only been on the pitch for 106 minutes distributed in two liga encounters.

Despite the situation, El Flaco talked to reporters and said that he is willing to help Deportivo, ”You always like to be there, helping. I see myself already prepared to compete and now we are going to face a series of matches, in liga and Copa, in which all the players will surely have the opportunity to help the club. Now the club is in need, and surely we are forced to win in order to bring tranquility.”

Who will probably miss the clash with Real Sociedad is Jonathan Urreta, the right winger returned from Uruguay during the weekend after solving his passport problems, but he still dragging problems from the knee sprain suffered during the past month. On Monday he was working at the gym, and the doctors are thinking that the best is to reserve him for the home match with Espanyol (Oct 31). This means that he will also miss the Copa clash against Osasuna (Oct 28).

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