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19 Oct 2013
No injury concerns after Deportivo played two games in a matter of four days. Coach Fernando Vázquez could end playing with the same lineup of the past weekend after almost all the starters were rested in Copa Del Rey.

Atypical week at Deportivo as the Blanquiazul outfit played two matches in a matter of four days. Coach Fernando Vázquez decided to make rotations and seven of the starters in liga were left in A Coruña as the team traveled to Andalusia in order to play in Copa Del Rey. It means the coach has a rested team for Sunday’s meeting against Real Zaragoza (Riazor, 12h00 CET).

After the elimination before Real Jaén the team returned home on Thursday. The novelty is that the group was divided in three groups for the training. The seven liga starters that were rested trained at Abegondo preparing Sunday’s clash; meanwhile the substitutes in Copa, including three of the starters in liga –Wilk, Lux and Manuel Pablo- were training at the Riazor. The third group was composed by the starters in Copa as they trained at the Zone Fit gym.

By Thursday the situation was already normal and the full group had a massage session at the Riazor. Luckily the busy week hasn’t caused any injury concern; actually three players were declared fit to play within the last week and they played in Copa: centre-backs Uxío Marcos, Carlos Marchena and winger Antonio Núñez.

In this way the only player out injured in winger Álvaro Lemos. The only doubt at the starting lineup is who is going to join Álex Bergantiños at the centre of the defense. Pablo Insua played the full 90 minutes in liga and has big chances of regaining a place after his concentration with the U21s squad, though the coach could opt in keeping Brazilian Kaká on the position.

On Thursday, the substitutes in Copa trained at the Riazor…

… Meanwhile the starters in Copa were doing cycling at the Zona Fit gym

Manuel Pablo & Wilk are set to start against Real Zaragoza

Juan Dominguez training at the gym during Friday

At Real Zaragoza, coach Paco Herrera seems to have finally found the right key. His team had a doubtful start after missing the victory in the first four matches, but the latest results are putting Los Maños at the edge of the promotion zone –just out by the goal difference rule-

The problem for the meeting at the Riazor is that the ex-Celta coach has suddenly lost his two centre midfielders, both Argentine men. Mario Ángel Paglialunga was replaced at the beginning of the second half facing SD Ponferradina due to a hip problem and the more recent scans didn’t determine the exact problem, but he was already ruled out of Sunday’s game.

Meanwhile, Walter Acevedo played the full ninety minutes, but later it was known that he’s dragging a muscle problem and was also ruled out of the meeting at the Riazor. Another two casualties for the game are playmaker/winger Javi Álamo and striker Luis García. Álamo hasn’t played on this season due to a knee injury. He begun to train with the group on this week, but this game arrives too early for him.

In the case of Luis García, he needed an ankle surgery in September. He will be off probably until next year. The good news is that second keeper Pablo Alcolea is back after surpassing an ankle sprain, while centre-back Álvaro González is returning from suspension. The team arrived to A Coruña on Friday’s night after a ten-hour trip by bus.



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