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THINKING OF MALAGA & ELCHE

24 Apr 2015
Two away games that could mark the permanence of Deportivo at the elite. Sidnei & Toché are suspended for the first game, Borges returns. Both rivals have high hopes on the game against the Galicians.

Crucial week for Deportivo as the team will play three of the last six games in a frame of eight days. The next two are away meetings: Malaga CF (La Rosaleda, Sunday, 12h00 CET) and Elche CF (Martínez Valero, Wednesday, 22h00 CET).

Coach Víctor Sánchez considers that both meetings are so important that he decided to make one single trip for both games and will travel with the whole squad available, probably the only player that will stay in A Coruña is midfielder Cezary Wilk, who is still recovering from a toe fracture.

The team will travel to Andalusia on Saturday and after the game with Malaga CF they will travel to Murcia to start a mini-stage in San Pedro del Pinatar, a training facility used in pre-season stages by clubs like Real Betis. The idea is to avoid long trips and seize the time between both games in order to improve the preparation of the team.

For the game against Málaga CF the coach has the casualties of centre-back Sidnei Rechel and striker Toché, the duo is suspended with five yellow cards. For that game midfielder Celso Borges is available after fulfilling his suspension.

About physical problems, apart from Wilk no one else is dragging problems that will prevent their participation in the games, though some players have been dragging with some issues. Lucas Pérez sustained a dislocation in his right hand during the game against Atlético, reason why he was replaced at half-time.

The playmaker trained apart on Tuesday, but will be available for both games as he will be wearing a special protection. Meanwhile, midfielder José Rodríguez (hamstring) & defender Sidnei (Jumper’s knee) have been training at a different pace, though they will be available for the coach (in the case of Sidnei for the game against Elche CF as he’s suspended for Sunday).

Striker Hélder Postiga and winger Diogo Salomão received the medical okay to play at the end of last week and it’s expected that both will be picked for the trip. Salomão talked to Radio Onda Cero about his situation, ”I’m totally recovered from the Soleus injury. The recovery process was quicker of what we expected. The soleus is a complicate muscle to heal and I was unlucky to pick the problem in the game against Espanyol, but now the morale is high.”

Víctor already started to test Fabril’s players during the sessions; apart from David Gómez, who always train with the first team’s goalies, on this week Canadian Sam Piette was part of Wednesday’s training session.



Lucas is training with a protection on the right hand, also with the bandage on the left knee


Celso Borges returns from suspension



Víctor likes to train like any other player at the team



Canadian Sam Piette training with the first team during Wednesday’s session



José Rodriguez leaving the training pitch on Wednesday



Postiga could be the big novelty in the roster. His last game: 1-0 Vs. Athletic (January 3)


The rivals for the week, Malaga CF and Elche CF, for different reasons, are watching the game with Depor as a chance to approach to their goals. In the case of the Andalusians they have missed the victory within the last five matchdays and are starting to get nervous is the quest to keep the seventh spot (which probably will give a ticket to the Europa League). In this sense they see the match with Depor as a great opportunity to return to winning ways.

Coach Javier Gracia has a full squad available for the game; midfielder Ignacio Camacho has been off with a groin injury, but returned to train with the group on this week, though Sunday’s game could be too soon to him and therefore could be reserved for midweek’s game at Balaídos. Centre-back Weligton Oliveira returns from suspension and should be a starter.

In the case of Elche CF, the win over Real Sociedad left them six points away from the relegation zone and, with Atlético Madrid waiting for them on Sunday, they will focus in the home clash with Depor in order to secure the permanence once and for all.

It’s the clear picture left by the team coached by Fran Escribá as three of their five players with four yellow cards forced the fifth in the game with Real Sociedad: winger Aarón Ñíguez, plus centre midfielders Mario Pašalić and Víctor Rodríguez.

Escribá will even have to pick players from the B squad in order to face Atlético, because other four players are injured: centre-backs José Ángel (knee) and Sergio Pelegrín (toe fracture), left-back Edu Albacar (ankle sprain) plus centre midfielder Garry Rodríguez (Achilles). Of this list only José Ángel is already ruled out of the game against Depor.

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