Squad news


05 Dec 2013
Pablo Insua and Kaká will be available for Saturday’s game, Arizmendi will miss the match as he’s injured again. Alavés arrive to the Riazor living a negative streak and with a new coach: Juan Carlos Mandíá.

Coach Fernando Vázquez is losing Javier Arizmendi for the upcoming game against Deportivo Alavés (Riazor, Saturday, 18h15 CET). The striker barely trained on this week due to a sciatica problem and was already ruled out of the meeting. It’s the same problem that has tormented the player in the recent past and that already forced him to miss a couple of matches.

At the same time the Galician trainer is recovering centre-back Kaká, the Brazilian has been dragging a back problem during the last month and he skipped the matches against Recreativo de Huelva, RCD Mallorca, SD Ponferradina and CD Lugo. He joined the trainings this week and already received the medical okay to play.

Centre-back Pablo Insua is also available for the meeting. The Galician player was a doubtful until the last second for the match against CD Lugo; he played and later was rested for Tuesday. But on Wednesday he was already fine and worked without problems alongside his team mates.

In the end Vázquez will have four casualties for the game. The other three are centre midfielder Cezary Wilk, plus wingers Álvaro Lemos and Antonio Núñez. On Tuesday, Wilk was already making some exercises on the pitch after sustaining a toe fracture on last month.  His return is expected for January. Núñez is training apart and could be back for the last game in 2013, the home clash against CD Numancia (Dec 21).

The four casualties will force Vázquez to pick once again three players from Deportivo B in order to fill up the gaps. Fabril won’t play on the weekend due to the compromises of the Galician team (UEFA Regions Cup), so the coaching staff has plenty of choices. On this week the usual youngsters have trained with the first team: keeper David Gómez, centre-backs Uxío Marcos and Quique Fornos, centre midfielder Paulo Teles, playmaker Bicho, wingers Cañi and Óscar García and striker Dani Iglesias.

Portuguese Teles is fit to play despite suffering an injury during the last weekend’s match between Depor B and UD Somozas. The midfielder was replaced at half-time, but by Wednesday he was already completing the training session with the first team.

Javier Arizmendi on Tuesday before leaving the training session

Rudy during Wednesday’s training; he could be the replacement of Arizmendi in the lineup

It has been a tumultuous week at Deportivo Alavés; the team has been winless within the last seven matchdays and is now penultimate at the standings. The negative streak has cost the job to Nacho González, who was fired on Tuesday. The new coach is Juan Carlos Mandíá, who previously worked with Racing Santander and Hércules CF. On Wednesday he completed his first training with the team and will make his debut at the Riazor. The Galician man is the 19th coach of Alavés within the last nine seasons.

To make things worse the casualties are hitting the team; for the game against Deportivo there are four confirmed absences, starting with left-back Fernando Macedo ‘Nano’, the A Coruña-born player was sent off in the past game against SD Ponferradina and is suspended for this clash.

Then there are three players out for injury reasons: centre midfielder Juanma Gómez (knee sprain), striker Gorka Laborda (groin) and left-back Unai Medina (knee). At the same time centre-back Pepe Mora (contracture) and centre midfielder Emilio Sánchez (muscle problem) are doubtful.

Both players skipped the last game against SD Ponferradina and completed part of Wednesday’s training, but it isn’t sure if they will be fit for Saturday. If they miss the game then Mandiá will only have 17 players available for the meeting in A Coruña, which will move him to pick up someone from the B squad in order to fill the gap.



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