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20 Oct 2011
Oltra is recovering Ze Castro and Bodipo for the visit to Córdoba CF, but the Valencian coach is still having other five casualties for the match at the Árcangel stadium. Meanwhile, the rival is motivated and only has one injury case.

Central defender Ze Castro has joined the trainings and is available for the meeting against Córdoba CF (Saturday, 18h00 CET). The Portuguese man skipped the last liga clash with Nástic after sustaining a muscular problem in the Copa game with Alcoyano, and now he’s working at the top since Tuesday.

Rodolfo Bodipo is returning after picking a knee sprain during a match with the national team of Equatorial Guinea; it was expected that the attacker was going to be ready on next week, but by Wednesday he was already training at the same pace than the rest of the players, therefore he’s available for Saturday’s game.

But coach José Luis Oltra won’t count with any of the other five players that were at the injury room during the past week. New signings Bruno Gama and Borja Fernández (both groin) have been unable to debut wearing the Blanquiazul shirt. At least they are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, because both men are already completing exercises with the ball and might get the medical okay at the beginning of next week.

Same is the case of right winger Pablo Álvarez, who has been out since the clash with Barcelona B due to a hamstring strain injury. He was also operated from a nose fracture suffered during the pre-season, and he could be back for the home game with Girona.

The two players that won’t be ready for next week are Manuel Pablo (hamstring) and Xisco (psoas); both men are training apart and it seems that the duo won’t return until November. This means that in three weeks the injury room at Deportivo can be finally cleared. Finally, Andrés Guardado didn’t train on Tuesday and on Wednesday he just worked for twenty minutes due to gastroenteritis, but the Mexican winger should be fit to play on Saturday.

At Córdoba, coach and ex-Depor player Paco Jémez is only having one casualty for the meeting; it’s the case of right winger Borja Garcia, who has been out for three weeks due to a hamstring strain injury sustained in the meeting with Huesca. The rest of players are fit to play, including ex-Pontevedra attacker Charles Días; the Brazilian was doubtful for the past week game with Cartagena due to a muscular injury, and he was a starter in the game despite not been at 100%. Charles is the top-scorer at the team with three goals in favour.

The Andalusians are living a positive moment; for the first time in two years they are currently occupying a spot at the promotion zone, and are seeing the match against Deportivo as a test that could determine if the team can aspire to bigger things than to only fight for the permanence.



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