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THINKING OF ZAMORA CF

27 Mar 2021
The end of the rope for Deportivo. The team needs the victory and De La Barrera loses Héctor Hernández, while Miku is doubtful. The rival already qualified for the promotion round and arrives with multiple casualties.

It’s the final matchday of the first round. The previous two victories have reduced the anxiety at Deportivo, the lesser evil now is that the Blanquiazul outfit would have to fight for the permanence at the third tier having a good advantage over the rivals of the other subgroup.

But the players want to focus on that small change of reaching the promotion stage, and the first thing to do is to achieve the victory over Zamora CF (Sunday, Riazor, 12h00 CET). The second step is to be pending of the other results, the full matchday will be played at the same hour.

Coach Rubén De La Barrera will have the important casualty of Héctor Hernández. The left-back has been the starting choice in the past four games, but against Celta B he suffered a muscle injury and won’t recover in time for Sunday’s match. The other confirmed casualty for the meeting is Derik Osede, who is out for the remaining of the campaign (Achilles).

Then there are more problems. Miku trained at the gym on Friday. The club only informed that he was under a special routine, but it’s considered that he is doubtful for the game. The Venezuelan attacker scored a hat-trick in the previous game at Celta B. Iago Gandoy is also doubtful after suffering a muscle injury that forced him to miss the last two training sessions.

Meanwhile, Mujaid Sadick will be available after been in isolation since last week. Celso Borges has missed the last two games after suffering a hamstring strain, he joined the trainings on Thursday and the coaching staff will decide on Saturday if he is available or not.  José Lara and Eneko Bóveda were doubtful after suffering knocks on last week, but both already joined the trainings and will be available.

Zamora CF is the only club in the subgroup that already secured their participation in the promotion round, they arrive to the Riazor without pressure, and therefore knowing that the points are important, but for the next round and not with the sense there’s no tomorrow if they don’t win this match.

But the team coached by David Movilla had to pay a high price for their good season, and it’s in term of injuries. There are five men out of the game at the Riazor, while other three players are doubtful. First to all, there are three men not only ruled out for Sunday’s game, but for the rest of the campaign.

These three players were vital pieces at the starting formation: left-back Álvaro Coque (Achilles), midfielder Juan Antonio del Álamo ‘Juanan’ and striker Adri Herrera (both knee). The three of them were already operated and won’t be available until next season.

Then goalkeeper Martín Mapisa (Zimbabwe) and defender Luis Alberto Meseguer ‘Mese’ (Equatorial Guinea) are on international duty and won’t be available this weekend. Finally, right-back Carlos Parra (knee), midfielder Pedro Astray (Achilles) and striker Dani Hernández (ankle) are doubtful.

These injury problems will be crucial for the next round, for this reason they club made a signing this week. It’s ex-Sporting Gijón left-back Alex Menéndez, who arrives as a free agent in order to cover the spot of Coque. He could be making his debut at the Riazor.

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