Squad news


04 Nov 2011
Oltra is finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel as the injury room is getting empty; Borja, Pablo Álvarez and Bruno Gama might be picked for the clash against the growing Real Murcia.

The debate still surrounding Deportivo; the criticism towards the performance of the team has continued despite the recent victory over Girona CF (3-2); the lack of attitude, the big numbers of goals allowed so far and the problems away from the Riazor are among the main issues discussed in La Coruña.

But now coach José Luis Oltra can start breathing again as the injury room is finally getting empty, at some point on the season he was missing up to eight players for an official match; on this weeks he has recovered three men, which leaves him with only two men on the sidelines.

The players returning are right winger Bruno Gama, centre midfielder Borja Fernandez (both groin) and right winger Pablo Álvarez (hamstring). Actually, the trio is training with the rest of the group since the past week, and it’s rumoured that any of them might be picked for the upcoming clash with Real Murcia (Monday, 21h00 CET).

Also, the two players staying at the injury room are right-back defender Manuel Pablo (hamstring) and striker Xisco (muscular); and it has been announced that both will probably join the trainings on next week, which means that Oltra might have his full squad available for the first time on the season before the derby with RC Celta.

For now the team will continue to train until Sunday, day in which Oltra will release the list of picked players for the meeting at the Nueva Condomina. As it’s normal with him, the Valencian coach hasn’t trained any lineup during the midweek’s sessions, so it’s hard to determine if he is thinking in making changes to the 4-2-3-1 scheme that hasn’t been modified throughout the beginning of the Segunda competition.

At Real Murcia, the team coached by Iñaki Alonso is clearly growing in the competition; the Murcians started the season with three defeats on its first four matches, but later clinched a positive streak of eight games without suffering a defeat, including three straight victories before facing Deportivo, reason why they are now only one point behind Oltra’s team.

Like the case of Depor, Murcia has been struck by the injuries; at the beginning of the tournament they had up to six absentees due to injury problems, but they are also regaining people. The last return is striker Kike Garcia (periostalgia), who has only played twice on the Segunda season, but that joined the trainings on this week and that can be picked for Monday’s match.

Now, the only casualty for injury reasons is centre midfielder Miguel Albiol, who is out since last season’s Segunda B playoff series against CD Lugo due to a knee ligaments injury. There’s a second casualty for the meeting with Depor: central defender Jorge Garcia, who is suspended after picking his fifth yellow card of the season during the past derby match with FC Cartagena. Garcia is an important absence for the meeting with Depor as he, together with left-back Óscar Sánchez, are the two field players at the squad with more minutes on the season (900).



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