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THINKING OF UD ALMERÍA

06 Mar 2020
Fernando Vázquez seems decided to keep the line with five defenders; Somma is the only player out ahead of the meeting with UD Almería.

Deportivo remain in the fight to avoid demotion, after only adding two of the last nine points in dispute, the Galicians are two points away from the pit and need to start adding new victories if they don’t want to re-enter into relegation places. And the visit to UD Almería isn’t going to be easy in order to return to winning ways (Estadio de los Juegos Mediterráneos, Saturday, 21h00 CET).

The good news for coach Fernando Vázquez is that he almost has a full squad available. Only Michele Somma is out as he is Italy recovering from a knee surgery. Salva Ruiz is available after receiving the medical okay from his most recent hamstring problem, while Gaku Shibasaki returns from a suspension.

The coach seems determined to keep the line of five defenders, during Wednesday’s session he tested a 5-4-1 formation with the novelty of Álex Bergantiños performing at the centre of the defence, while Peru Nolaskoain was returning to midfield territory.

Another thing known during the week is that Vázquez is ready to impulse the career of two players from Juveniles: keeper Alberto Sánchez and centre-back Juan Rodríguez. Alberto already played a couple of games with Fabril and has been training almost all season long with the first team. In the case of Juan Rodríguez, he is now a fixed starter with Fabril and has been training with the first team since last week. The idea is to allow their debut at Segunda as soon as the team clinched the salvation.

UD Almería arrive to the meeting as the third place at the standings, but in a difficult situation after only adding 2 of the last 18 points in dispute, and with coach José María Gutiérrez ‘Guti’ questioned not only by the results, but also for his declarations criticizing the quality of the players.

And the squad has been affected by injuries since the start of the season. The main one for the game with Depor is Juan Carlos Lazo, the left winger is the second-best scorer at the team (8) and suffered a thigh injury in the last training before the game with Cádiz CF and won’t be available for the meeting.

The other players out injured are centre-back Juan Ibiza (knee ligaments), plus centre midfielders Ante Ćorić (knee sprain) and Radosav Petrović (muscle). Playmaker Fran Villalba will be available, he also got injured in the last training before facing Cádiz and rejoined the team during this week.

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