Squad news


22 Oct 2017
Pepe Mel recovers almost all the injured players ahead of Monday’s clash with Girona FC. The rival arrives without its more determinant player.

Very important game on Monday as Deportivo host Girona CF (Riazor, 21h00 CET). The rival is currently below at the standings and a victory don’t only means a mattress of points over them, but also would mean to add for the third straight matchday and finally start to caress the mid positions in la liga.

The result in the pat game with SD Eibar, might not having the best, but coach Pepe Mel can say that this has been a positive week for Deportivo, because he has recovered the major part of the injured players, just when the team is about to face a busy week as the Copa arrives on next Thursday with the home game with UD Las Palmas (20h30 CET), and later a new meeting with the same rival for la liga (October 30, 21h00 CET).

Five players missed the game with SD Eibar due to injury reasons, while other three were dragging issues. And now only two men remain on the sidelines: Carles Gil and Rubén Martínez. Gil is expected to return until December after the surgery to correct his groin injury, but the Valencian already shows glimpses of progression as this week he started to touch the ball on the pitch. In the case of Rubén, he has delayed his return after surpassing a thumb injury (damage in the ulnar collateral ligament of the right thumb).

Pedro Mosquera was the first men to receive the okay from the doctors during the week, he has surpassed a thigh problem and has been training with the team since last week. Meanwhile, Adrián López (hamstring) and Gerard Valentín (leg knock) joined the squad this week, the first received the medical okay on Saturday after been out for a month.

The men that were having issues were Lucas Pérez, Fabian Schär and Emre Çolak. Lucas only played five minutes against Eibar due to a thigh problem, but now he is fit enough to be a starter. Schär arrived from international action with a hamstring problem and is already recovered, while Çolak picked an ankle sprain on Sunday, he skipped two training sessions, but by Thursday he was already working at the top.

Girona FC arrive to the game at the edge of relegation after only adding two of the last eighteen points in dispute. Coach Pablo Machín only has three confirmed casualties for the meeting in A Coruña. But the problem is that one of those casualties is Cristhian Stuani.

The Uruguayan striker has scored four of the seven goals netted by the Catalans so far, only Villarreal’s Bakambu has a stronger individual contribution in la liga (7 of 11 scored by the yellow submarine). He picked the fifth yellow card of the season against Villarreal CF and is suspended for the game at the Riazor.

The other two casualties for the game are centre-back Pedro Alcalá (ankle) and keeper José Aurelio Suárez (back fracture). Centre-back/left-back Marc Muniesa missed the games with FC Barcelona and Villarreal CF due to a muscle problem, but has options to be available against Depor.



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