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14 Apr 2017
Pepe Mel described the game as crucial and faces problems on the sides due to the injuries of Navarro and Juanfran. Málaga arrive refreshed, but facing important casualties.

Decisive game for Deportivo as Málaga CF visit the Riazor on Saturday (13h00 ET). Coach Pepe Mel was saying during an interview that a victory would practically grant the salvation, “I think so. It will not be mathematical, but it will give us the peace of mind to look forward and do many things.”

For the game the Madrilenian coach is having problems on the sides, more specifically in defence. Because Fernando Navarro is out of the meeting (thigh injury), while Juanfran Moreno will be doubtful until Friday.

The right-back picked a grade I muscle injury on the right thigh during the first half of the visit to Sevilla CF, the player told the media that he sees himself with chances of been available, but Mel thinks it will be hard to see him ready to play, for this reason on Thursday he tested with Fayçal Fajr on both positions in defence, this only a s a precaution in case of an emergency.

In the end, it’s expected that Laure and Luisinho are going to cover the positons. Meanwhile, centre midfielder Pedro Mosquera should receive the medical okay to play on Friday and winger Carles Gil is already available after missing the last game due to a groin injury. It still to be seen if the coach will keep the 4-4-2 figure or if he will return to the 4-2-3-1.

Málaga CF arrive to the meeting refreshed after the last two victories that leave the team eleven points above relegation, the team coached by Michel is seeing things more positive after been only three points above the pit, but at the same time it’s affected by important injuries.

At least five men are missing the game, playmaker Juanpi is now out for the rest of the season as he needs surgery due to a groin injury. Same case than centre back Bakary Koné, who has been out since October due to an Achilles injury.

Then midfielder Zdravko Kuzmanovic (Achilles) and left-back Miguel Torres (ankle sprain) won’t arrive in time for the meeting, while centre-back Federico Ricca is suspended after picking the fifth yellow card on the season against FC Barcelona. Striker Adalberto Peñaranda is doubtful due to a muscle problem.



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