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11 May 2012
The three expected modifications are the return of Colotto, Bruno Gama, while Morel is out due to an adductor injury; meanwhile Oltra is pending on Guardado, though he expects that the Mexican will be ready. Lux stays at the goal.

Deportivo has to play five matches within the next two weeks, but coach José Luis Oltra is not considering to make rotations in this final stretch of the season. For the Valencian trainer the best plan is to keep the formation that has put the team at the top of Liga Adelante.

However, he has the limitations of the injuries; for the visit to CD Numancia he won’t count with keeper Dani Aranzubia and neither with left winger Diogo Salomão nor Claudio Morel. The Paraguayan left-back is the last man that joins the list of casualties as he didn’t recover in time from an adductor muscle injury.

And there’s one player in doubt: left winger Andrés Guardado, this last man is perhaps the best player of Depor on the season; on Thursday he was dragging a muscular problem on his left leg. Oltra said after the training session that he doesn’t know yet if the Mexican will be fit enough to be a starter in the clash, but he also said that he thinks the winger will be available.

Since Morel isn’t fit to play Oltra will probably choose Ayoze Diaz in order to cover the left-back position; if Guardado isn’t part of the game, then the coach will have to improvise with a right winger performing on the left, this since Salomão is out of action.

The good news is that central defender Diogo Colotto and right winger Bruno Gama are returning from suspension and both are going directly into the starting eleven that will play at Los Pajaritos. German Lux will stay at the goal as Aranzubia is out; the Argentine will probably repeat his appearance at the starting eleven against UD Las Palmas.

Laure should be performing on the right-back position, while Ze Castro joins Colotto at the centre. It’s the usual couple of centre backs during the last half of the tournament, tough both men haven’t coincided on the pitch within the last two matches.

Álex Bergantiños and Juan Dominguez are the two centre midfielders in the formation, then Bruno Gama will surely perform on the right wing, Valerón will keep guiding the team in the playmaking function. For now the doubts are in attack and at the left wing.

If Guardado isn’t fit to play, then Bruno Gama may be moved to the left, allowing the presence of Saul or Pablo Álvarez at the right. In attack Lassad Nouioui has been the reference in attack within the last three games, but Oltra could choose to play with Riki, the Madrilenian is the Pichichi at the team and is already recovered from his latest muscular injury, so he could be a starter against CD Numancia.



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