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11 Feb 2016
Despite the physical problems of some men, Víctor Sánchez will face the next game in liga without casualties. The rival arrives reinforced after the incorporations made during the winter window.

It has been a stormy week in A Coruña, the weather conditions forced to cancel the games of the academy teams during last weekend and the rain continued during the week. By Wednesday there were several waterlogged pitches at Abegondo, but coach Víctor Sánchez didn’t change the routine and that day the team completed the more intense session of the week ahead of the home clash with Real Betis (Riazor, Saturday, 22h05 CET).

Once again the coach will have full squad available with the only absence of Fabricio Agosto (knee). But during the week there were three men facing physical problems. Centre-back Albert Lopo was facing a back injury (recurring injury for him) and skipped the first two sessions, another centre-back, Alejandro Arribas, also skipped the first two trainings due to a knock suffered at the end of the game against Sporting Gijón.

Meanwhile, keeper German Lux was facing a muscle issue and skipped the last part of Tuesday’s session for precaution. The trio completed big part of the training during Wednesday and it’s expected that they will be available for the meeting against the Andalusians.

The situation with the weather might affect Thursday’s session, because it damaged the banners covering the secret pitch where the team trains the tactics before the game. Finally, Four field players from the academy training with the team during Tuesday: centre-back Hugo Díaz, centre midfielders Santi Taboada and Ángel Fernández, plus playmaker Hugo Rama.

Lux leaving Tuesday’s session, he will be fine for Saturday

Laure, Cartabia and Jonás are searching for a spot at the starting team

Ángel and Hugo Rama were among the lads that joined the team on Tuesday

Borges and Juan Dominguez are also pushing for a spot in the game

Juanfran, Mosquera and Navarro ready to stay at the starting lineup

The weather conditions damaged the ‘secret’ pitch

The team training in a waterlogged pitch during Wednesday

At Real Betis, the victory over Valencia CF, was refreshing for Juan Merino, the improvised coach of the first team that won his first game after four attempts in liga. Despite the recent poor form and the fact that the Andalusians are only four points above relegation, there are good feelings with the team after the three signings made during the winter window.

19-year-old winger Charly Musonda came loaned from Chelsea FC and already impressed with his first minutes at the team. Brazilian striker Leandro Damião could be making his debut at the Riazor, though he spent the entire 2015 sidelined due to an injury. The third signing during the window was right-back Martín Montoya, who arrived loaned from Inter Milan and already earned a spot as a starter.

For the game at the Riazor, Real Betis are having four casualties. Right-back Cristiano Piccini is out for the rest of the season due to a knee injury, then centre-back Germán Pezzella is suspended after picking a fifth yellow card on the season, while Joaquin (quadriceps) and midfielder Fabián Ruiz (groin) are out injured.

At the same time, centre midfielders Petros Matheus (hip) and Dani Ceballos (knee) are doubtful for Saturday, while Algerian attacker Foued Kadir is available after skipping the last two weeks due to a muscle problem and winger Álvaro Cejudo returns from suspension.



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