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THINKING OF ALAVÉS

16 Feb 2018
Sidnei could return, while Valverde and Kóval will be the casualties at Mendizorroza. The rival arrives in a good moment and with their in-form players available.

New change of routine at Deportivo, after the disappointing debut of Clarence Seedorf before Betis, the Dutchman switched the trainings to the afternoon and this time having a bigger charge regarding strategy and tactical aspects.

And if last week the team had ten days to prepare the liga meeting, now the week is shorter as the next game takes place on Saturday: visiting Deportivo Alavés (Mendizorroza, 18h30 CET). It means the team is only having five days to prepare the match.

The novelty for the game is that centre-back Sidnei Rechel could be available after surpassing a muscle injury, but his presence will be confirmed on Friday. Who will miss the clash is centre midfielder Fede Valverde, who had to be replaced early in the game with Betis due to a hamstring problem.  The scans detected a grade II injury, which means that he will be out between three and four weeks.

Another man missing the clash is goalkeeper Maksím Kóval, he picked a knock on Tuesday’s session. No scans were made, but the concussion will not allow his presence in this game. Then centre-back Fabian Schär, didn’t end Tuesday’s training due to a leg knock, but he joined the trainings one day later and is fit to play.  Meanwhile, midfielder Sulleyman Muntari remains training apart waiting to know if he will be inscribed.

Alavés arrive to the meeting as the eighth most in-form team in la liga after picking ten points within the last ten games, including two straight victories. They are now seven points above demotion, a comfortable mattress that has been possible thanks to the reaction after the arrival of coach Abelardo.

Abelardo only has one confirmed casualty for the game, it’s left-back Héctor Hernández, who has been out with a knee injury for a while. Then centre-back Carlos Vigaray is doubtful with a knee knock.

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