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TRAININGS: THE LAST WEEK OF THE YEAR

13 Dec 2014
After resting for nine days, Deportivo will face a busy week with three games in a matter of seven days, everything marked by the social fracture, the tough situation in liga and the possibility of having a new coach by midweek.

Deportivo’s last week of action in 2014 could end up being the oddest one. After resting for nine days the team will have to face three games in a matter of seven days, first the league meeting against Elche CF (Riazor, Monday, 20h45 CET), then the second-leg in Copa against Malaga CF (La Rosaleda, Thursday 22h00 CET) and the final game of the year visiting Villarreal CF (El Madrigal, Sunday, 12h00 CET).

The situation in liga is converting the game against Elche CF into a final, to the point that it is highly commented that a result different from a victory will cause the exit of coach Víctor Fernández, but it’s also a new chapter in the social crisis inside of Deportivo. The stand at Marathon Inferior will be opened for the first time after the death of Jimmy and it still to be seen the reaction of the fans towards the club’s authorities and the team.

It was also an atypical week in the training pitch. It started on Tuesday with a reunion that lasted one hour between the club’s officials, the players and the coaching staff. President Tino Fernández addressed the players to explain the recent developments, while the coach also encouraged them to give everything in the games. Manuel Pablo and German Lux were the ones that talked in name of the players, the latter asked his team mates to only focus in football and forger the current negative environment.

The team has tried to manage the situations as they did against Valencia CF: focusing in the game and with the team’s captains addressing the media in the first place. In this way it wasn’t strange to see Manuel Pablo and Juan Dominguez being the first ones conceding press conferences after the training sessions.

At least things are calmer related to the injuries. Playmaker Luis Fariña received the medical okay to play on Thursday and is available after been out for three weeks due to a muscle problem. Meanwhile, left winger Salomão said in an interview that he’s ready, though it left the impression that he won’t be picked for Monday’s match.

Still, The Portuguese man is training with the group. It leaves Lucas Pérez as the only casualty ahead of the last three games in the year. The winger has been off for one month due to a knee knock that has carried more problems of what was expected. A report from La Voz de Galicia suggested on Friday that he will be available for the first game in 2015.

The week was closed with more unusual things, firstly because the team rested on Friday –an unseen thing until now- and secondly as there was a public act at Abegondo in which the team supported the workers of Alcoa Coruña, company that’s about to close its doors.



Víctor Fernández could be sacked if Depor are unable to beat Elche



Fariña during Thursday’s training. He’s available for the last three games in 2014


Diogo Salomão is training with the group and is available for the coach



Lucas Pérez was the only player training apart during the week


The squad on Thursday supporting the workers of Alcoa


The three rivals on next week are facing different situations. Elche CF are the current bottom place and there’s a big pressure over coach Fran Escribá, but he’s facing a calmed situation regarding casualties at his narrow squad only composed by twenty players. The only casualty for Monday is keeper Manu Herrera, who has been out for a month with a shoulder injury. Winger Garry Mendes Rodrigues is returning from suspension, while playmaker Aarón Ñíguez is finally available after surpassing his latest muscle problem.

In the case of Malaga CF, the situation is the opposite. The team is living placidly at the top positions, but there are big injury problems. At least coach Javi Gracia is recovering attacker Nordin Amrabat, though it’s highly probable to see rotations, as it happened in the first-leg played at the Riazor.

Villarreal CF are living a similar situation to Malaga CF, because they lie among the first places and also have a long list of casualties. In their case the calendar is busier as they have been playing the UEFA Europa League and are facing five matches in a matter of fourteen days.

Coach Marcelino García saw how centre-back Gabriel Paulista got injured before the game against Apollon FC. Still, the Brazilian was able to play the match, but he could be rested in the next two games in order to prevent bigger problems due to the list of long-term casualties. Playmaker Gio Dos Santos (adductor muscle), left-back Bojan Jokić (knee), centre-back Mateo Musacchio  (muscle) and right winger Hernán Pérez (knee ligaments) are all out until 2015. There are more problems as centre midfielder Cani (ankle sprain) and goalkeeper Juan Carlos Sánchez (quadriceps) are doubtful.

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