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DOUBTS IN DEFENSE

03 Feb 2012
Oltra will have to change the half of the defense for the visit to Recreativo; besides there’s the doubt of Valerón, who might be benched as it happened in the visit to SD Huesca. It means three changes at the lineup.

Late on Wednesday the club informed that the most recent scans determined that Ze Castro sustained an elongation on the quadriceps muscle on his right leg; the Portuguese defender was doubtful for the past match with FC Cartagena,, and even played the second half with a bandage on his right thigh.

On Thursday Oltra discarded him for the clash with Recreativo, “He suffered an elongation and definitely is a casualty for Saturday, but fortunately we have a large squad.” the coach said. It will be an important casualty at the team.

Because, the combination between Ze Castro and Colotto at the centre of the defense has been important for the recent positive streak of Deportivo. Actually, with this couple on the pitch the team has only allowed three goals in 692 minutes, which means an impressive average of 1 goal allowed every 231 minutes.

The casualty of Ze Castro is pulling Aythami Artiles into the starting eleven, the Canarian has been one of the most criticized players on this season; he was a regular starter until matchday 14, and since then Oltra made an adjustment that has improved the performance of the defense. The interesting stat is that with Aythami on the pitch Depor has allowed 19 goals in 1,258 minutes, for an average of one goal every 66 minutes. Meanwhile, with Aythami out, the Galicians have only allowed 5 goals in 722 minutes, for an average of one goal every 144 minutes.

Another player that has been under fire on this season is Ayoze Diaz, he was sent off on Sunday and the LFP rejected the appeal of the club, so he is suspended for the visit to Recreativo. The club presented a second appeal, but it isn’t expected that it could succeed, it means that Oltra will have to make a second modification at defense, the candidates for the job are Paraguayan Claudio Morel and Galician Diego Seoane.

There’s the possibility of making a third modification at the starting lineup: the entry of Borja Fernandez for Juan Carlos Valerón. It’s a possibility that Oltra already used at SD Huesca and that the coach has publicly admitted for the away matches.

About the rest of the team, it should be the same that faced FC Cartagena, with Aranzubia at the goal, Laure playing at the right-back position and Colotto as one of the central defenders. Juan Dominguez and Álex Bergantiños will perform at midfield, while Guardado and Bruno Gama will perform on the wings. Then, Riki should be the central attacker.

Finally, Pablo Álvarez picked a hamstring injury during Thursday’s training session and has been discarded for Saturday, so Depor is having five casualties for the trip to Huesca: Ze Castro, Ayoze, Bodipo, Pablo Álvarez and Manuel Pablo.

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