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VERDU IS SET TO REPLACE GUARDADO

07 Feb 2008
All appoints that Joan Verd?? will be the replacement of Andr?©s Guardado for Saturday's liga game against Getafe. The two doubts for Lotina are to know if Fabricio will continue in the goalkeeping position, and if Lopo will be fit to play after the muscular problems he has suffered during the week.

Coach Miguel Angel Lotina is planning to repeat the same strategy and the same squad presented during  the last two liga encounters, the only planned modification is a forced one, because Mexican winger Andr?©s Guardado is out for four weeks due to a Stress Fracture. His place in the playmaking function will be assumed by Joan Verd??, in the matter of fact, the Catalan already took his place during the confrontation with Betis .

The intention of Lotina is to repeat the squad that achieved the victory at the Luis de Lopera, but there are two doubts. First, to know if Fabricio will continue to cover the goalkeeping position, the Canarian has started in the last four liga games and it has been speculated that Dudu Aouate might return to the starting eleven, but his knee problems are the main concern although the Israeli keeper played on Wednesday with his national team during the 1-0 win over Romania.

The other doubt is to know if Albert Lopo will be fit to play, the Catalan is suffering from a hamstring strain in his left foot derived from his past hernia problem, his position in the centre of the defence could be for Adri??n L??pez 'Piscu' although the same Lopo already said that he will be ready for the confrontation.

No changes are expected in the other positions, Manuel Pablo will probably play at the right-back position, Filipe Luis will cover the left side and the centre of the defence will be complemented with Coloccini and Pablo Amo. Juan Rodr?­guez, De Guzm??n and Antonio Tom??s would repeat their roles in midfield, while Xisco will be the lonely striker. It isn't expected that Christian Wilhelmsson will make his debut in this game, at least not as starter. Lotina has tested him during the trainings as the replacement for Juan Rodr?­guez, reason why the Swedish international might have a chance during the second half. Same case than Rodolfo Bodipo who replaced Xisco during Wednesday's session since the Mallorcan was playing a friendly with Spain's U-21 squad.


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