Squad news


26 Nov 2009
Lotina will have to wait until Saturday in order to know if he will count with Guardado, while Ze Castro and Bodipo haven’t trained during the week. At Racing, things are complicated and even Munitis has been accused for the crisis.

The more important casualty for the game against Racing Santander (Sunday, 17h00 CET) could be Andrés Guardado, the Mexican winger will be isolated until Friday as is suspected that he has the H1N1 flu, on that day the tests made on Wednesday will determine if he has the virus or not. This means that the winger will join the trainings until Saturday, just one day before the game at El Sardinero.

Other two doubts for the match are Ze Castro and Rodolfo Bodipo, both players haven’t trained during the week. The Portuguese has a bad cold though it isn’t related to the H1N1 flu, while the Equatoguinean attacker has already surpassed the groin problem that sidelined him from the game against Atletico, but is now suffering from pharyngotonsillitis.

At least Lotina is recovering Sergio, the Catalan was suspended for the last game at the Riazor, while Brazilian midfielder Juca is finally training at the same pace than his team mates after surpassing a intramuscular edema that kept him out of action within the last two months. However Lotina said that he doesn’t think that the player will be available for Sunday and appoints that the most probable date for his return is the game against Barcelona.

About this situation, on Tuesday Juca told to reporters that, “For me, I am already available since this day, but it depends on the coach and also on my physical condition. The worst part is over and as soon as I’m ready to play, the better.  I was missing to train at the same pace than my team mats. When you are out you start missing the training sessions and will do anything possible to be fit.”

At Racing Santander, the things are very complicated. The Cantabrian team is separated from relegation just by the goal difference and is still missing to achieve a win at El Sardinero. The fans are losing the patience with the players and all of them have been criticised due to their poor performance. Even ex-Depor Pedro Munitis, who in the recent past was a favourite of the fans, has been accused of been lowering his level.

On Tuesday he was trying to assume his responsibility for Racing’s poor form, as he told to Sportpaper AS, “When things go wrong you have to look for the visible head and that person is me. And nothing else. I assume my responsibility as anybody at this team must do it. Here, the successes aren’t of a single person, neither the failures. Now, if you find someone to blame, what will I do? When I have played things haven’t been fine, but neither things were good when I haven’t played. So, it will be something more than just Munitis. I'm used to this since my return. I do not hide, I never did and I go under the house until it falls off.”

About the lineup for the game, coach Portugal has been training with the transition defence-attack and no specific squad has been tested. There are no injury casualties for the game though striker Alexandre Geijo hasn’t trained during the week due to a Plantar fascia strain. One of the main doubts is who will compose the defensive line, Racing is the fourth worst defence at Primera División and has leaked at least one goal in all the eleven liga matches played so far, during the week coach Portugal has tested several combinations, including central defender Oriol Lozano performing at the right-back position.

Finally, ex-Depor striker Xisco was talking about his feelings ahead of the match against the Galicians, “It will be more than special. It’s the team of my life, the one that gave me the chance to play and I will always be grateful.”



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