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PROBLEMS IN ATTACK

20 Nov 2010
Riki has appendicitis, while Lassad and Adrián aren’t totally fit to play against Malaga; therefore Lotina still has doubts on the composition of the lineup for Sunday’s match. All appoints that Dioni from Fabril will be part of the squad.

Coach Miguel Ángel Lotina will not be able to repeat a lineup in liga for the third straight week, all because of the unexpected problem of Riki, the Madrilenian striker was rushed to the hospital after feeling pain in the stomach; in the end it was a case of appendicitis. The striker was operated on Friday’s afternoon and for this reason he will be out if action for the next three or four weeks.

To make things worse, the other two strikers at the team, Adrian López (muscular), and Lassad Nouioui (ankle), aren’t yet recovered from the physical problems that didn’t allow the duo to train with normality during the last two sessions.

But on Friday, Adrián himself was explaining his case at the press room of Abegondo and assured that he will be fine for Sunday, “I couldn’t train yesterday and on Wednesday I suffered a knock on the leg, it was painful, but I trained today and it didn’t bother me. So, I think I will be available for tomorrow’s session and also for the match.”.

However, it’s highly probable that Lotina will pick Dionisio Emanuel Villalba ‘Dioni’ for Sunday’s match at the Riazor. The Andalusian striker is currently the Pichichi of Fabril and also of his group at Segunda División B. He already debuted at Primera División and accumulates sixty minutes in three liga matches. Lotina will check the status of Adrian and Lassad on Saturday’s training (Abegondo, 10h30 CET) and then will make a final decision.

About the rest of the lineup, it seems it will be the same of the past two liga encounters; with Aranzubia at the goal, a line of five defenders with Manuel Pablo on the right, Diego Seoane on the left, while Lopo, Colotto and Aythami will perform at the centre.

Rubén Pérez and Juan Rodriguez will play at midfield, and Saul Fernandez should be the playmaker performing towards the right wing. The doubt is who will do it on the left and who will be the central attacker. If Adrian and Lassad are fit, then both men will probably play. If not, Lotina will have to fill the gaps and for it he has four options: Valerón, Pablo Álvarez, Desmarets and Dioni.

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