Squad news


27 Jan 2012
Oltra is having three casualties for Sunday’s meeting, Ze Castro and Pablo Álvarez had some physical problems, but should be available. The rival has an important casualty and arrives to the Riazor living a positive streak.

The alarm bells were rising on Thursday as Ze Castro didn’t end the training session after suffering a knock on the right knee, however the first scans determined that it was only a contusion and the Portuguese central defender should be back on training by Friday.

Ze Castro’s presence is considered as vital for Depor’s defense as the couple composed by the ex-Atletico man and Diego Colotto has only allowed two goals in the 602 minutes that both central defenders have been together on the pitch.

In the end Oltra is only having three casualties for the opening match in the second round before FC Cartagena (Riazor, Saturday, 16h00); the first is captain Manuel Pablo, who is dragging a muscular problem since the Copa meeting with Levante UD. It was expecting to see him back on these days, but the point is that Depor’s captain continues to work apart from the rest of the team.

The second casualty is Lassad Nouioui; the Tunisian attacker sustained a tear on the Soleus muscle of his right leg during the past game with Villarreal B, and is expected that he will be out for three or four weeks. Finally, Rodolfo Bodipo is with Equatorial Guinea playing the African Cup; he will be out for another week as his country achieved the qualification to the quarterfinals of the tournament.

During the week Pablo Álvarez was also doubtful as the club informed on Monday that the right winger picked a hamstring injury on Saturday [the players that weren’t picked for the game against Villarreal B trained in the morning at Abegondo]. He was working apart during Wednesday, day in which the team returned to work, but on Thursday he was already fine and training with the rest of the squad.

Also, there was a confusion on the state of right-back Laureano Sanabria ‘Laure’; he was booked in the game with Villarreal B and the website of the LFP was reporting that he had five yellow cards, which means a suspension; several radios and newspapers, including RCDLC.com, reported that he was suspended for Sunday’s meeting, but later the club told to the media that there was an error as the LFP was counting one of the two  yellow cards that Laure saw in the match with Alcoyano.  In the end the Madrilenian is available for the meeting and will probably be a starter.

At FC Cartagena, the tumultuous part of the season seems to be ending as the team is finally living outside of the relegation zone, this after only losing one of the last nine games, and also after having three different coaches in just a half of season. New coach Carlos Rios is undefeated after three games, but he is having an important casualty for the meeting at the Riazor as striker Álvaro Antón is suspended, the ex-Valladolid man scored one of his two goals on the season in the 2-1 win of the first round. At the same time, keeper Manuel Reina is returning from suspension.

The Murcians were the Segunda club with more signings during the summer and they have been pretty active in the winter window; on the past week they hired experienced midfielder Héctor Font and Uruguayan striker Nicolás Raimondi, while they released attacker Asier Goiria. To mention that Raimondi has had a great impact in the team as in his debuting match he scored one of the goals before Recreativo (3-1).

On Wednesday the club announced another exit from the team: midfielder Francisco José Maldonado, now the intention is to hire another striker; the mentioned candidates in the media are Brazilian Cássio Vargas Barbosa and Real Zaragoza’s Braulio, in any case this new signing he won’t arrive on time for the game with Deportivo.



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