Squad news


21 May 2015
The final game for the permanence; Víctor has problems with his side defenders as 3 of his 5 players for these positions are out or doubtful. Big questions about the team that the Catalans will present for the game.

The final game of the season is around the corner and Depor are playing for the permanence at the Camp Nou visiting FC Barcelona (Saturday, 18h30 CET). The Galicians are aware that a defeat leaves them in a very delicate situation and that a point will probably secure the permanence, so they travel to Catalonia aware that they need a positive outcome playing in the tougher stadium in la liga.

Coach Víctor Sánchez hasn’t prepared anything special for the week, as always he focuses in the video sessions and the routines in the training pitch. The only unusual thing is that he has scheduled two sessions for Friday, only one day before the game, and both will take place behind closed doors at the Riazor. It’s expected that the full squad will travel to Barcelona for the game.

The main problem for the coach is with the side defenders, because he could end up with only two men for these positions. Luisinho is suspended after picking the tenth yellow on the season in the game against Levante UD, in that same match Manuel Pablo only played nine minutes after picking a hamstring strain injury and is out for the meeting.

The last problem occurred on Wednesday as Juanfran Moreno suffered a metacarpal fracture on his left hand. The doctors haven’t ruled out the possibility to see him playing on Saturday as he could be wearing a protection, but it isn’t confirmed yet.

In this way for now the only available men for the sides in defense are Laure and Roberto Canella, the latter hasn’t played any minute in 2015. Still, during an interview at Radio Cadena Ser, Víctor admitted that Canella is the main alternative for the left-back position.

Midfielder Cezary Wilk (toe fracture) remains training apart. At least the good news is that Luis Fariña (hip) and Pablo Insua (Achilles) joining the trainings on Wednesday. The latter skipped the game against Levante UD and should be fit for Saturday.

Roberto Canella during Monday’s training

Isaac Cuenca could be facing his former club

Cavaleiro during Wednesday’s training

Juanfran leaving the pitch on Wednesday

Juvenil A keeper Javier Ortega was training during the week with the first team

Wilk training apart on Wednesday

FC Barcelona won the la liga title on Sunday, a big party began and coach Luis Enrique conceded three free days to the players. Since January they have been playing twice in a week and this is their first break. The team will return to train on Thursday with the eyes on the finals in Copa and Champions League.

There are big doubts about the lineup that will be presented on Saturday. The coach could end making several rotations resting the players for the two finals. For now the only clear thing is that Xavi will play as the Catalan marksman will play his last game with Barca.

There are no physical problems at the team. Luis Suárez skipped the game against Atlético Madrid after suffering a knock in the Champions League semi-final against Bayern Munich, but the Uruguayan striker should be fine for Saturday. Thomas Vermaelen might debut in liga after the countless injuries that sidelined him all season long.



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