Squad news


19 Aug 2017
Pepe Mel is missing three players for the debut in liga. Andone was doubtful, but he is expected to be fit to play, while Cristiano Ronaldo is suspended.

Deportivo debut in la liga 2017/18 and do it facing the main favourite for the title: Real Madrid (Riazor, Sunday, 22h15 CET). Coach Pepe Mel sees how his squad is missing some components for the new season (a new striker and a new goalkeeper), but the major part of the final squad is already training at Abegondo.

The Madrilenian coach has been working with 26 players during the week, including academy players Francis, Óscar García and Edu Expósito. New signing Adrián López is available, though he won’t be a starter in this meeting.  Meanwhile, midfielder Juan Domínguez has skipped the last two training sessions as he is about to rescind his contract with the club.

Florin Andone has been doubtful for the game after missing two trainings due to a groin problem, the Romanian will make a late test on Thursday in order to see if he could be available. It’s expected that he could be a starter.

The three confirmed casualties for the game are midfielder Fede Valverde, plus playmakers Carles Gil and Emre Çolak. Valverde cannot take part of the game as Real Madrid is his parent club, Gil is dealing with a groin problem and Çolak is dragging a suspension from last season (five yellow cards).

The season is just starting, but Real Madrid arrive in a great moment. Los Blancos won the Champions League at the end of last season, and started this campaign with resounding triumphs in the UEFA Supercup facing Manchester United and the Spanish Supercup facing FC Barcelona.

The only injury case for coach Zinedine Zidane is defender Jesús Vallejo, who is out with a muscle problem, then star Cristiano Ronaldo is suspended due to a five-match ban after been sent off in the first leg of the Spanish Supercup. Zidane could also be banned after a rant against the Spanish federation, but he will be on the bench for the clash against Depor.



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