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THE DOUBTS REMAIN

15 Apr 2009
Lafita, Riki and Lopo still doubtful for Athletic Bilbao’s game, this no matter they already started to train. Meanwhile, Aranzubia was talking about his return to San Mam?s and Caparr??s was making tests with his team.

No novelties during Wednesday’s training, because ?ngel Lafita, Albert Lopo and Riki still without working with the rest of players though they already started to train separately, therefore the three of them remain doubtful for Saturday’s clash against Athletic Bilbao. On Tuesday, coach expressed his doubts about the participation of the three men in the game.

No matter they have been appointed to be living a low form, their possible absence in the match against the Basques represent three important casualties at the squad. Lopo is the defender with more minutes on the liga season (2,474), while Lafita and Riki have contributed with the 33% of the goals scored by Depor in the liga season (13 of 39). In case they are finally discarded, it is expected that Lotina will replace them with Z? Castro, Pablo Alvarez and Bodipo

Meanwhile, after the training session ended, Daniel Aranzubia talked with reporters at Abegondo’s press room. The Basque is now facing Athletic Bilbao at San Mam?s for the first time after expending his entire career at that club. He said that he keep good memories of his past, "The fans have always shown me love. In the last year I wasn’t able to play many games, but I keep a good memory of the fans and I hope that they too.?

He was also recognizing this is an important game for both sides, ?Athletic at home is always a dangerous rival, this no matter the situation they can be living. After achieving the pass to the final in Copa, they have suffered a little drop and after the defeat with Osasuna, this is a final for them. I think of helping the club to take forward the game after the bad streak we've got and to break the momentum. In the end, I am not worried about the atmosphere around me. I am not concerned. I try to be out from all that, and I think about the needs of the team to get a victory.?

At Athletic Bilbao, Joaqu?n Caparr??s was fulfilling one of his well know mid-week friendly matches in order to test things with his squad. On Wednesday the Basque team faced Baskonia and the main experiment was to play with Ustaritz and Etxeita at the centre of the defence, both youngsters will replace suspended Fernando Amorebieta and Aitor Ocio for Depor’s game.

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