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THINKING OF MALAGA

24 May 2013
Fernando Vázquez loses Manuel Pablo for the trip to Malaga, but recovers Laure and Salomão; Marchena is the only casualty due to injury reasons. The rival could face the game having important casualties, like Demichelis and Santa Cruz..

Deportivo face an important match on Sunday as the Galicians visit Malaga CF (La Rosaleda, 20h00 CET). It’s a critical week for Deportivo; the results on the weekend could mean to secure the salvation, but could also put the team back into the pit, however coach Fernando Vázquez has done everything possible to have a pleasant week, and not even the past incident with striker Nélson Oliveira has altered the peace during the trainings. The Portuguese striker lived a normal week and even signed autographs.

Actually the attention has been focused in other subjects like the possible exit of playmaker Juan Carlos Valerón or the financial problems that led to cut several services at the club, like the Wi-Fi service at the Riazor. For all these reasons the week has been, strangely, normal.

Besides, the club is trying to keep the unity inside the changing room and in this sense they already announced that all the available players will make the trip to Malaga, including the injured men, which is important taking in mind the current financial restrictions. Besides, on Thursday there was a barbecue after the training, once again with Argentine German Lux as the chef of the team.

About the preparation of the game; until this point Vázquez is only having two casualties; firstly right-back Manuel Pablo is suspended after picking a fifth yellow card in the past match against RCD Espanyol.  Then centre-back Carlos Marchena is out with a quadriceps injury. The ex-Valencia man is training apart and could join the trainings on next week, just before the last game against Real Sociedad.

The main news on the week was the return of right-back Laureano Sanabria ´Laure´ and left winger Diogo Salomão. Laure is finally back after missing the last five months due to a groin injury. He got the medical okay on this week and is available for the coach, though it’s improbable that he will be a starter in this game.

Meanwhile, Salomão has surpassed a calf injury and joined the trainings on Thursday, though he doesn’t have yet the medical discharge. Still, the Portuguese could be one of the options for Sunday in case that Vázquez needs his services.

The club’s coaches are also trying to reserve some of the key players, in this sense left winger Pizzi has trained apart the whole week as he’s tired, also striker Riki is training at a different pace due to a Soleus muscle problem. Still, the duo will be part of the starting eleven at La Rosaleda.

The attention was also focused in playmaker Juan Carlos Valerón as Vázquez said in an interview at Radio Marca that El Flaco was trying to leave the club at the end of the season and that the coach was trying to convince him of staying. The Canarian gave a press conference on Thursday and said that he will talk of his future until the right moment arrives. "I will speak without problems when the moment arrives. Before revealing my future I will talk first with both the coach and the president." He said.



Ayoze might be the left-back at La Rosaleda. In the picture the Canarian training with Kaká on Monday

Valerón, Ze Castro, Bruno Gama & Sílvio during Tuesday’s training

Despite last weekend’s incident, it has been a tranquil week for Oliveira

The barbecue after Thursday’s training

On Thursday, Diogo Salomão joined the rest of the group
At Malaga CF, there are mixed readings at this last stretch of the season. In one hand some players and the media want to assume that this is a “final” as the team needs four points –or to see Real Betis failing to get a victory- in order to secure the sixth position, but there’s also another sense: lack of interest caused by news ahead of the future.

And it’s that on Wednesday it was known that Manuel Pellegrini will leave the club during the summer, and on that same day the club admitted negotiations with Real Madrid in order to allow the exit of midfielder Isco. Just a proof of massive changes ahead of next season due to the financial problems, and the players are unavoidable distracted by the rumours and uncertainty.

Despite resting on the past weekend after advancing their meeting against Real Madrid, the Andalusians might face the game against Depor having important casualties, though for now the only man ruled out is Chilean winger Pedro Morales, who suffered a muscle strain and will try to be back for the last game against FC Barcelona. He arrived during the winter window coming from GNK Dinamo Zagreb and has been one of the surprises on the season.

Defenders Martín Demichelis and Sergio Sánchez return from suspension after been sent off against Real Madrid, but the Argentine man suffered an ankle sprain one week ago and is unlikely that he will play against Depor. Meanwhile striker Roque Santa Cruz is dragging a hamstring injury and will probably miss the clash; he’s one of the top-scorers at the team with eight goals in favour (same number than Isco).

Centre-back Diego Lugano (knock) and centre-midfielder Manuel Iturra (hamstring) skipped some trainings during the week, but the duo should be available for Sunday. At least keeper Willy Caballero returns from an ankle sprain, while centre midfielder Jérémy Toulalan has just joining the trainings after surpassing a toe fracture; he could be picked for the meeting with Deportivo.

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