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THINKING OF REAL MADRID

28 Sep 2012
One more time Depor will probably face a liga match without injury problems; Aythami didnít train on Wednesday, but should be available for the meeting. Real Madrid also have a full squad available for the clash.

Oltra only has one doubt ahead of the visit to the Santiago Bernabťu in order to face Real Madrid CF (Sunday, 19h50 CET); itís Aythami Artiles, the Canarian centre back didnít train on Thursday due to a muscle problem (quadriceps), though the doctors are convinced that he should be .fit for Sunday and, actually, they expect to see the player joining the group on Friday.

The Valencian coach has played with the same line of four men at the back zone within the first five matches at liga BBVA: Manuel Pablo on the right, Marchena-Aythami at the centre and Evaldo Fabiano on the left. Therefore this could be the first modification made to the defense on this season.

If Oltra decides to bench Aythami the spot should be for Ze Castro, who hasnít debuted yet on this season as he spent the whole pre-season injured dragging a hamstring problem from the past Segunda campaign. The Portuguese defender has only played with the team in the friendly game against SD Dubra.

More changes at the starting eleven are rumoured after Deportivo suffered its first defeat of the season against Sevilla CF; but as always Oltra hasnít tested any formation during the training sessions. Among the possible changes is the entry of Nťlson Oliveira claiming the spot of Riki, itís even possible that both strikers could be starters in the game.

At Real Madrid, there are no injury concerns at the team of Josť Mourinho; left-back Fabio Coentr„o is returning after a four-match suspension, therefore the Portuguese coach has all the men available for the meeting against Deportivo.

On Wednesday, the Madrilenians played the Santiago Bernabťu trophy trashing Colombian club Millonarios (8-0); the match was played by the less habitual players in liga and Mourinho even rested eight starters: Cristiano Ronaldo, Sergio Ramos, Pepe, Arbeloa, Casillas, Xabi Alonso, Di MarŪa and Marcelo. These eight men are expected to be starters against Depor.

Itís a busy week for Real Madrid; they are eight points behind FC Barcelona and on next week they face the Catalans at the Camp Nou, but before the Madrilenians have to face AFC Ajax playing for the UEFA Champions League, so Mourinho could make some changes against Deportivo.

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