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24 Oct 2010
On Monday Depor plays in liga in San Sebastián, 72 hours later it will be debuting in Copa in Pamplona; in the middle a mini-concentration in the city of Haro. Lotina has picked twenty players for both matches.

The coming week will be intense for Deportivo; on Monday the Galician team will try to leave the relegation zone during the visit to Anoeta in order to face Real Sociedad (21h00 CET); three days later the squad will visit Pamplona during the first-leg of the last-32 round in in Copa del Rey, the rival is Osasuna (21h00 CET); and then Depor returns to the Riazor in order to end the month of October with a liga match against RCD Espanyol (October 31, 17h00 CET).

In the attempt to prepare these challenges coach Miguel Angel Lotina has planned a mini-concentration in the city of Haro in La Rioja, in this way the team will not have to complete two long trips in a matter of three days, instead the team will spend those three days resting and training at Hotel Los Agustinos. Haro is a small town of 12,261 inhabitants located just 140 km away from the city of Pamplona.

For the liga game  in Anoeta, and the debut in Copa, Lotina has decided to pick twenty players; the novelties in the list are the presences of Fabril’s defender David Rochela plus defender Aythami Artiles, playmaker Juan Carlos Valerón and striker Riki.

Rochela has been picked for the first time on the season for an official game and it is even speculated that he could be a starter in the game; however he already played with the first team during the pre-season and already had minutes at Primera. Meanwhile, Aythami is returning after been sidelined from the liga match with Osasuna and now is the replacement for Albert Lopo, who is suspended.

But the main hope is the return of playmaker Valerón and striker Riki; the duo that has been out within the last three weeks due to injury reasons, and now both men are ready to help the team in the attempt to escape from the relegation zone.

In the other hand, Lotina is losing Antonio Tomás and Dioni; the Cantabrian midfielder picked a muscular injury on Thursday and could be out of action for three weeks, while Fabril’s attacker Dioni was having physical problems and was also left out of the list because Riki is returning. Besides, Depor’s coach still missing Guardado, Urreta, Michel and Juca, quartet that still injured.

Also, Claudio Morel is out of the trip; he is solving a visa problem in Paraguay and won’t be available for the games against Real Sociedad and Osasuna. To mention that Albert Lopo won’t travel to San Sebastián since he is suspended in liga, but will join the team on Monday before traveling to Haro, so the Catalan will be available for the clash in Copa Del Rey.

Picked players for the games in San Sebastián and Pamplona:
Goalkeepers: Aranzubia and Manu
Defenders: Laure, Manuel Pablo, Aythami, Rochela, Colotto, Lopo, Zé Castro, Rindarøy and Seoane
Midfielders: Rubén Pérez, Juan Domínguez, Juan Rodríguez, Valerón, Desmarets, Pablo Álvarez, and Saúl
Strikers: Adrián, Lassad and Riki



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