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THINKING OF RCD ESPANYOL

20 Mar 2015
Deportivo lost Wilk during the week, but the rest of the squad, with the exception of Postiga, will be available for the important game against RCD Espanyol. The Catalans arrive to the game without major concerns after a solid season.

Not a normal week in A Coruña, first to all the team will wait nine days to play again after the last league encounter took place on last Friday. Secondly for the meaning of the upcoming clash against RCD Espanyol (Riazor, Sunday, 12h00 CET).

Depor have failed to win their last five games in liga and are now at the edge of relegation, so it’s highly important to win this match and everybody knows it, including the club’s officials, who gathered the team on Tuesday in order to have a meal and start the physiological process to prepare the game.

According to the report from La Voz de La Galicia the president encouraged the players to fight until the end, ”I have confidence in all of you. From the first to the last player. Among the last seven or eight teams at the standings, I can tell you that we are the best.” was one of the phrases that he told to the group.

The coaching staff is also taking measures ahead of the game, now only with the routines during the trainings, but also with the place for the sessions. This week there was one scheduled session behind closed doors at the Riazor (Thursday), perfect place to hide the strategy and the lineup for the match.

Coach Víctor Fernández is also boosted by the fact that Toché already surpassed his hamstring injury and received the medical okay to play on Saturday. In this way the coach finally has two natural centre forwards available.

The negative news was the toe fracture suffered by Cezary Wilk during Wednesday’s session. The Polish midfielder will miss the rest of the season as he needs a surgery and a two-month recovery process. The other player out of the game is Hélder Postiga, who is still recovering from a back surgery.

Other two players were dragging physical problems: centre-backs Iago Lopez and Sidnei Rechel. The loanee from AS Monaco has a knee problem and has been wearing a protection similar to the one of Lucas Pérez, while the Brazilian suffered a blow in the face during Wednesday’s session. But both players should be available for Sunday.

There was also time to see Fabril’s youngsters training with the team. On Wednesday midfielder Álvaro Queijeiro was invited to work with the team, while one day before the coaching staff worked the output of the ball by the goalkeepers and for the occasion Fabril’s David Gómez and Juvenil A Javier Ortega were invited.



Wilk leaving the pitch on Wednesday


Toché received the medical okay on Saturday and has been training with the group



Borja López with the bandage on his left knee



Sidnei suffered a blow in the face during Wednesday’s session



Lucas sustained his last injury in the first round game Vs. Espanyol



The new look of Juanfran


Álvaro Queijeiro with Fariña during Wednesday’s session



David Gómez & Javier Ortega trained with the first team on Tuesday



Víctor Fernández and second coach Cabellud arriving to the meal with the president on Tuesday


Luisinho & Sidnei arriving to the meal with the president


At RCD Espanyol, the team coached by ex-Depor Sergio González is living a peaceful situation, far from the European places but also of relegation. So, their current scenario is totally opposed to the one lived in A Coruña. The match isn’t calling too much attention as the fans are more concern of the probable squad for next season and if the coach will continue on his job.

There are three players doubtful for the game. Midfielder Abraham ended at the hospital during the weekend after been hit in the face during the game against Atlético. He joined the trainings on Wednesday, but not at the same pace that the rest of the players.

Meanwhile, attackers Sergio García and Lucas Vázquez have been sidelined all week long dragging knocks from the game against Atlético. The media believe that the duo will be available for Sunday. Sergio Garcia is one of the two top-scorers at the team after scoring nine goals and providing six assists in the league season.

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