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26 Jan 2018
Çolak returned to train, new signings Kóval and Bóveda are available, while Sidnei is doubtful. The rival is also living a bad moment and has been active in the winter window.

Problems and more problems, it’s the common subject in Abegondo for the past month. Despite the current season is not going as everyone expected, Depor are in the position of leaving the relegation zone if they beat Levante UD on Saturday (Riazor, 13h00 CET).

It has been a turbulent week for coach Cristóbal Parralo, he heavy loss before Real Madrid increased the pressure over the team, while he added a new player to the injury room: Pedro Mosquera. If this isn’t enough the last incident with Emre Çolak has just heated up the already dark environment in Abegondo.

At least the incident with the Turkish playmaker seems fixed after he posted in Instagram an explanation, "I had a language problem and didn't understand right what happened in the training. I threw the ball because I was upset with myself. It was a misunderstanding. I am sure I will give my best to the team, just I will always do until the day I leave."  On Thursday, he was readmitted in training.

Meanwhile, centre-back Sidnei will be available for the match. The Brazilian skipped the first two sessions on the week, but on Thursday he was already fine, he will receive the okay from doctors on Friday and was even tested as a possible starter.

More good news are coming with the return of centre midfielder Fede Valverde, and the addition of new signings keeper Maksím Kóval and right-back Eneko Bóveda. Valverde returns after been ineligible to play against Real Madrid, while the winter signings have good options to start on Saturday.

Three players are out injured. Raúl Albentosa will stay sidelined due to a back problem. The latest addition to the list of casualties is midfielder Pedro Mosquera, who had to be replaced early in the second half at the Bernabéu. The scans determined that he suffered a grade I muscle injury on his left thigh. Playmaker Fede Cartabia will also skip the match, he joined the group on this week after two months out due to a groin surgery, but the Argentine has to wait in order to get the approval from doctors.

Levante UD also arrive to the meeting in the middle of a crisis, the Valencians have only won one of the last fifteen matchdays and, if they lose this game, they will be the ones in relegation. The main concern is the offence after only scoring twice within the last six games (the worst mark at Primera).

That’s why they signed Fahad Al-Muwallad, an Arabian attacker that’s landing in la liga as part of a pack after an agreement between the LFP and the Arabian federation. Their other winter signings are right-back Jorge Andújar Moreno, who came loaned from Schalke 04, and goalkeeper Iván Villar, who came loaned from RC Celta.

At the same time the Valencians lost striker Enes Ünal, who returned to his parent club Villarreal CF, and also winger Samu García, who went loaned to Málaga CF. Levante UD are also pending to sign a new striker.

Meanwhile, coach Juan Muńiz has four casualties ahead of the visit to the Riazor. Right-back Iván López and striker Álex Alegria are out injured (both knee), then centre-backs Sergio Postigo and Róber are also out, the first for suspension (five yellow cards) and the latter as Depor is his parent club.



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