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THINKING OF GETAFE

06 Feb 2008
The injuries are Lotina's main worry for Saturday's game at the Riazor, so far Guardado and Cristian are the confirmed absences for the confrontation, while the biggest doubt is Albert Lopo who's suffering a muscular problem. Lotina is also trying to decide who will take the place of Guardado in the starting line-up, Verd?? seems to be the best choice, but the surprise could be Iv??n Carril who trained yesterday with the first squad.

Deportivo started to prepare the game against Getafe on Tuesday, but the biggest novelty wasn't on the pitch, it was the list of casualties for the game. First Andr?Šs Guardado, the Mexican winger will be out of action during the next four weeks due to a stress fracture. Cristian Hidalgo joined him on Wednesday after it was confirmed that he will need at least one week in order to surpass a problem in his right knee.

This are the two players officially discarded for the game against Getafe (Saturday 20h00). However, there are other men suffering form different physical problems, because Riki suffered an injury in his right ankle (medial ligament sprain) during Tuesday's session.

Other two cases are Angel Lafita (Gastro-enteritis) and Albert Lopo (hamstring strain). The injury of the Catalan is derived from his old hernia problem, because he hasn't been able to activate one of the muscles in his left leg, reason why he's having this difficulties. However, the same Lopo said at Abegondo's press room that he's ready to play "That I won't play for a thing like this? I am ready to play. I already said that my comeback won't be like just returning and been playing without any problem. I still need to activate a muscle in my left leg, obviously I'm playing with both legs, because if don't , I wouldn't be playing football."

On Wednesday's evening, the squad trained behind closed doors at the Riazor. The intention of Lotina was to polish the details of the 5-2-2-1 formation and to define who will replace Guardado in the starting eleven. It's speculated that the function could be taken by Joan Verd??, but Fabril's Iv??n Carril might be the surprise for the game since he took part of the session. The young winger, together with Juanan and Sergio Benito, were the Fabril's players that trained with the first squad.

Meanwhile, the main novelty in Getafe is that striker Ikechuwku Uche is ready to return after Nigeria was eliminated from the Ghana 2008 African Cup of Nations, it has been a tough season for the ex-Recreativo striker since he has only been able to score one goal in fourteen liga games played on this season, precisely that's the main problem for Getafe on the season: the goals. The Madrilenian squad has only scored 27 goals so far and the top scorer is Manu del Moral with four. Besides, one of its main players, Pablo Hern??ndez, is suspended for the match with Depor due to accumulation of yellow cards. The ex-Valencia is the second best player in la liga in terms of crosses to the penalty area and of the references up front (210).


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