Squad news


28 Nov 2009
The laboratory exams have determined that Guardado doesn’t have the H1N1 flu; therefore he is ready to play against Racing Santander. Meanwhile, Lotina is thinking of keeping the 4-3-3 scheme used against Atletico at the Riazor.

Winger Andrés Guardado is ready to travel to Santander in order to play against Racing. It was the good news known on Friday as the doctors confirmed that the Mexican player is not affected by the H1N1 flu. Instead the ex-Atlas player was suffering from a normal cold, reason why he doesn’t need to be isolated within the next days.

Doctor Barral explained the situation on Friday, “He was progressing very well and even, yesterday, he was in a position to have done something, but we were awaiting for a response about the detection of the Influenza A. This morning we were told that the result was negative, and so he joined the training session. Our initial idea was to see him only making some exercises, but he was so good that we allowed his fully incorporation to the group. In a physical sense he is fine, strong, has no after-effects of the disease. "

Later the same Guardado attended to the press room, he admitted to not be at 100%, but hopes to be fit to play, "I'm much better now, there’s no fever. I have some hangover from being in bed during these days; I was having fever and body pain and felt as I had played three straight games, but let’s see what the coach says. There are still two days, I still can recover and I will like to travel with the team, I do not want to miss the game, but it's up to the doctors and the coach and they will say whether is prudent to travel. I was calmed since the beginning, my mother is a doctor and he explained that in severe cases there are other symptoms. "

Another good news is that Zé Castro has already returned to train after surpassing a bad cold, while Juca is already fit after spending the last two months out of action due to a thigh problem. Now Brayan Angulo (knee) is the only confirmed casualty for the game, though Rodolfo Bodipo will probably miss the clash too. The Equatoguinean attacker is suffering from pharyngotonsillitis and hasn’t trained during the week.

Coach Miguel Angel Lotina will have a last training session on Saturday’s morning; then he will release the list of picked players. But according to what has been saw in the previous trainings, it’s possible to say that the Basque man is thinking of repeating the 4-3-3 scheme used against Atletico Madrid at the Riazor (Lotina prefers to call it 4-3-2-1).

The idea is to play with Riki in the centre of the attack, and with both Mista and Lassad Nouioui performing behind him as the two playmakers in the formation. Lotina was thinking of using Sergio in the place of Guardado, but now that the Mexican is fit to play the coach has to decide who will join him at midfield, there are three choices for two available spots: Sergio, Antonio Tomás and Juan Rodriguez.

What’s clear is that the defensive line will be the same of the last games: Daniel Aranzubia at the goal, Manuel Pablo at the right side of the defence. Albert Lopo and Diego Colotto performing at the centre of the defence, and Filipe Luis on the left-back position.



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