Squad news


17 Dec 2009
Juca is discarded, but Guardado is fit to play on Sunday; Manuel Pablo had a muscular problem on Wednesday, but should be ready too. Juan Dominguez could appear again as starter, while Valencia has some casualties.

The main news on Wednesday was to see Andrés Guardado completing the training session without any problem, the Mexican was left out of the game with Almeria for precautions reasons since he was having a muscular problem in both thighs. Taking in mind his past injury problems doctors didn’t want to take risks with him; that’s why he was rested. Now he is ready to face Valencia.

Manuel Pablo was also at risk as he suffered a muscular problem on Wednesday’s training (biceps femoris), he didn’t  end the session but later told to reporters that he was feeling fine and that he should be ready to play on Sunday’s game. Who won’t be ready is midfielder Juca, the Brazilian sustained a bone edema in the outer region of his right ankle during the game with Barcelona and won’t return until 2010.

Riki and Lassad were also working during the training session, but with a different routine, the attacking duo should be returning at the beginning of January, maybe for the Copa first-leg against the same Valencia. A think that called the attention was that Juan Dominguez took part of the session, this since he wasn’t picked for Fabril’s liga game at Coruxo, which invites to think that the young midfielder will be again part of Lotina’s plans for the first team; something that the same Lotina admitted to reporters, “To see him playing is something that I can not discard, but we still have plenty of time to decide.”

On Wednesday’s session, Lotina divided the team in three groups, with the attackers insisting in the plays by the wings and the shots on target, while second coach Ribera specifically worked with central defenders Lopo and Colotto. The Basque coach didn’t give any clue about the possible starting formation, but it should be different on Thursday, because the team will train behind closed doors at the Riazor.
At Valencia, coach Unai Emery already has three casualties for injury reasons: wingers David Silva (knee ligaments) and Vicente (low back pain) plus side defender Jeremy Mathieu (adductor). Besides, central defender David Navarro is suspended as he picked his fifth yellow card of the season during the match against Real Madrid.

In transfer news, attacker Alejandro ‘Chori’ Domínguez is joining the Valencian squad during the winter window. The ex- Rubin Kazan scored 16 goals in 25 matches in the Russian league and is arriving in a zero-cost transfer, but is inegible to play until January, however it’s expected that he could debut in Copa against Depor. Meanwhile Unai Emery has told to Venezuelan striker Miku that he doesn’t count with him, while midfielder Nacho González was sent loaned to Levadiakos FC in Greece, the Uruguayan hasn’t played on this season with Valencia and is returning from a failed loan period at Newcastle United.

Despite the importance of Sunday’s game, all eyes of the Valencian fans are currently in the UEFA Europa League, because Valencia is not qualified yet for the knockout phase, though it only needs a point during Thursday’s visit to Italian side Genoa CFC. It is expected that Emery will use his normal starters in the game, including attackers David Villa and Juan Manuel Mata



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