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23 Apr 2011
Lotina picked 20 players for the visit to Hércules CF, including Riki, but it seems that the Basque coach will keep the same starting eleven that defeated Racing, with the only doubt of who will be the playmaker in the formation.

New final for Deportivo in la liga, though in this opportunity the rival is more desperate as Hércules CF is currently living inside the relegation zone. For the meeting coach Miguel Ángel Lotina has decided to pick twenty players, the main novelty is the return of Riki.

The Madrilenian striker missed the previous game against Racing Santander after picking a hip injury during the past week, the doctors informed that he was going to be out of action for at least three weeks, but the ex-Getafe attacker never felt any pain and completed the latest training sessions without any problem.

As it has happened within the last month, Lotina has discarded for the game the same quartet: Zé Castro, Juca, Michel and Desmarets. All of them are out due to tactical reasons. José Sand is also out, first as consequence of Riki’s return, and later because he picked an Achilles injury during Wednesday’s training session. Other player out is Javito, who still missing his transfer.

According to the tests made on Thursday, Lotina is planning to keep the same starting eleven that defeated Racing Santander at the Riazor, the only doubt is who will be the playmaker in the formation. Valerón was a starter against the Cantabrians, but now the Basque coach could be tempted to use a more defensive choice, which will mean to play with Juan Rodriguez.

In this way Aranzubia would be at the goal, Manuel Pablo would be playing at the right-back position, Morel would be on the left and the central positions at defense would be for Colotto and Lopo. The pivote positions should be for Rubén Pérez and Antonio Tomás, Lassad and Guardado could cover the wings, while Xisco should stay at the centre of the attack.

Another possibility is to see Juan Rodriguez performing as a right winger, which will move Lassad to the playmaking function. The final tests before the game will be made on Saturday as the team will train behind closed doors at the Riazor (9h30 CET), after the training the team will travel to Alicante. 

List of picked players for the game against Hércules:
Goalkeepers: Aranzubia and Manu
Defenders: Laure, Manuel Pablo, Morel, Lopo, Colotto and Aythami
Midfielders: Juan Rodríguez, Rubén Pérez, Antonio Tomás, Juan Dominguez, Guardado, Saúl, Pablo Álvarez and Valerón
Strikers: Adrián, Lassad, Xisco and Riki.



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