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07 Mar 2013
Problems in defense and attack for Fernando Vázquez due to the injuries hitting Deportivo. Insua and Oliveira could be starters. Barca are only having two casualties, but the team is focused in the series against AC Milan.

More problems for Deportivo and coach Fernando Vázquez; there are two new injury cases for the visit to the Camp Nou in order to face FC Barcelona (Saturday, 20h00 CET). And the point is that both are important casualties as these two men are normal starters: striker Riki and centre-back Ze Castro.

The Portuguese centre-back completed the full 90 minutes in the past game against Rayo Vallecano, but he was feeling pain and further scans revealed that he sustained a grade II pulled adductor injury on his right leg. He will be off for at least three weeks.

His injury complicates the scenario for the upcoming game at the Camp Nou, because two of the other three centre-backs at the first team are also out of the game. Brazilian Kaká remains injured (hamstring strain), while Andalusian Carlos Marchena is suspended for one game after been sent off in the past clash at the Riazor.

Therefore, Vázquez will have to improvise with a different player performing at the centre of the defense [Álex Bergantiños or Jesús Vázquez] or instead he’ll have to pick up someone from Depor B. Since Tuesday Pablo Insua has been training with the first team and he could have a new opportunity. The 19-year-old defender already played twice on this Primera season.

Meanwhile, The injury of Riki is also a hard hit Deportivo, the Madrilenian is the top-scorer at the team with ten goals in favour, and against Rayo Vallecano he had to be replaced early in the game due to a muscular problem. The scans confirmed that he sustained a grade I pulled adductor injury on his left leg.

At the beginning the ex-Getafe man was ruled out of Saturday’s meeting, but on Wednesday he was making some exercises and later told to reporters that he was feeling well. The coaching staff will wait and see his evolution on Thursday and Friday in order to determine if he can play, but the doctors of the club are convinced that he should be reserved for the Galician derby.

It isn’t the first time that Riki miraculously returns from an injury case. He sustained an ankle sprain for the visit to Osasuna (Jan 20), injury that should have sidelined him for at least two weeks, but six days later he was already fit to play and even scored a brace against Valencia CF (Jan 26). In case of not been fit to paly then Nélson Oliveira would get his first chance to be a starter.

A fourth confirmed casualty for the trip to the Camp Nou is right-back defender Laureano Sanabria ´Laure´. The Madrilenian defender is training with the group since last week, but the point is that he hasn’t received the medical okay and will remain out for Saturday. A curious thing during this week is that the club banned the interviews to the players during this week; they can also speak with reporters during the press conferences scheduled after the training sessions.

At Barcelona, interim coach Jordi Roura is only having two casualties for Saturday: playmaker Xavi Hernández, who still recovering from a hamstring injury and keeper Víctor Valdés, who was banned four games after discussing with the referee that sent him off in El Clásico.

Centre-back Gerard Piqué has been charged by the Referees Committee for his “unsporting gestures” in the last game against Real Madrid, but in the worst of the scenarios he would only be fined. The rest of the team is fit to play against Depor, including winger Pedro Rodriguez and playmaker Jonathan Dos Santos, who had flu early on this week.

The point is that the Catalans seem only focused in turning around the Champions League series against AC Milan (agg. 0-2). The second-leg is played on Tuesday at the Camp Nou and is highly probable that the lineup on Saturday will be full of players without too many minutes and some youngsters from Barca B, just like it happened the last time Depor played at the Camp Nou (0-0, season 2010/11).

Throughout the week the team had several meetings and reunions among the players in order to be mentally prepared for the last part of the season. On Wednesday, the full team had a meal in a local restaurant (Masia Can Ferran), while the training sessions have been more intense in a tactical and physical sense.



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