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08 Dec 2011
Riki, Ze Castro and Xisco are embarrassing the club’s doctors with their muscular problems; so far there isn’t a clear explanation on what’s going on. The fact is that the trio is having big troubles in order to contribute to Depor’s promotion campaign.

The mystery remains, the continuous muscular injuries of Ze Castro, Riki and Xisco are hammering the reputation of Deportivo’s doctors, because the trio is having weird injuries that no one has explained until this day.

Ze Castro is perhaps the most curious case; the Portuguese man has been a starter in five opportunities on this season (one on Copa del Rey and four in liga), and in four of those matches he had to be replaced in the second half as he was having a muscular problem, the last time that this happened was on last weekend’s meeting with Real Valladolid; the only game in which the Portuguese was able to complete the full ninety minutes was in the home defeat with Hércules CF (0-1, matchday 03).

Perhaps the weirdest fact is that his muscular problems aren’t serious cases, because the post-match scans always show that he is “fine”. Actually, on this week the doctors didn’t even made further scans to Ze Castro after the player himself said that he was feeling okay and on Wednesday he was training at the top. The point is that Oltra, and the fans, always have the weird sensation that if Ze Castro plays as a starter, then the team will have to waste a modification during the second half.

Xisco is another unique case, because he always get injured just when it seems that he has surpassed a previous injury; the Majorcan has just played 67 minutes on the Segunda season (at home against Hércules CF), all caused by several muscular problems that were supposed to be “easy” to heal. The on-loan striker from Newcastle United suffered a knock on his right foot during the meeting with Hércules; at the time it was said that there was no further damage and that he should be back in a few days, but the fact was that the striker stayed at the sidelines for almost two months.

The Majorcan striker seemed ready to return for the liga visit to CD Alcoyano, but he suffered a new muscular problem (Sartorius muscle) during the previous session to the game, again he spent a month out. And at the end of November, just when Xisco seemed to be ready to return, he got injured again during a training session. It was informed that the attacker he sustained a grade-one muscle injury on his right thigh, which at the moment is the problem keeping him at bay. The latest is that the doctors won’t allow his return until January and is even rumoured that he might return to Newcastle.

Then there’s the case of Riki, who, despite suffering new muscular problems, has been able to perform in nine of the sixteen matchdays played so far. The true is that the Madrilenian attacker is dragging the problems from the past season and seemed to have surpassed the torture as he was fine during the whole pre-season.

But the problems of Riki restarted as soon as the league competition begun, the ex-Getafe striker just lasted twenty-three minutes during the meeting with Hércules; the scans determined that he suffered a tear on the Soleus muscle of his left leg and stayed on the sidelines for almost two months. He returned and only lasted twelve minutes in the derby match with RC Celta as he sustained a tear in the adductor muscle of his left thigh. Now, he’s returning again and hopes to avoid further problems

But the fans aren’t too convinced that this is the end of his problems, and neither for Xisco and Ze Castro, this since the doctors have been unable to explain what’s going on, so, taking in mind the antecedents, the Deportivismo has its own reasons to fear that this isn’t the end of the story.



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