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THINKING OF SD EIBAR

17 Aug 2016
Garitano will only miss Marlos Moreno for the debut in liga, the Colombian arrives on Thursday. The rival is still searching for reinforcements, especially for the replacement of Borja Bastón.

The debut in liga is finally here for Deportivo. The Galicians host SD Eibar on Friday (Riazor, 22h00 CET). There’s optimism ahead of the liga tournament for the things shown during the pre-season, and especially because the squad is already completed and only pending to define a last-minute exit or arrival.

Coach Gaizka Garitano debuts facing his former club and having a full squad available, the only player that will miss the clash is striker Marlos Moreno, the Colombian joins the team until Thursday and will miss at least the first two matches.

The rest of the squad is fit to play, including midfielder Fayçal Fajr, who missed the last friendly against Sporting Gijón due to a knock, but the Moroccan player was already fine by Monday and completed the first two training sessions in the week without problems.

SD Eibar kick-off a new season at Primera with the same goal of the permanence. The coach continues to be Jose Luis Mendilibar and the team left some doubts in the friendly matches after losing 4 of the 10 meetings played during the pre-season, but they left a positive impression within the last three games facing Real Sociedad (1-1), CA Osasuna (1-0) and Real Zaragoza (2-2).

As the major part of clubs in la liga, the Basques are still pending to sign players during the summer window. They have made eight signings so far, but still needing a right-back, a centre midfielder and especially a striker that can replaced the 18 goals scored by Borja Bastón, who was transferred to England.

Ex-Rayo man Bebe and Rubén Peña are the reinforcements for the attacking line, but it seems it won’t be enough to secure goals. Their main signing so far is midfielder Pedro León, they paid two million Euros in the transfer from Getafe.

There are two casualties at the team for the game against Depor, centre-back Florian Lejeune, who is one of the signings, and midfielder Gonzalo Escalante are dragging a suspension from last season and won’t be available.

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