Squad news


31 Mar 2009
Lotina has the doubt of Antonio Tomas for the game at Montjuic, the Cantabrian is not totally fit and this is complicating the plans for the game since Sergio and Juan Rodriguez are suspended. At Espanyol, De La Pe?a has been struggling, but he will play.

Antonio Tomas is the main doubt for Lotina ahead of the clash at Montjuic against RCD Espanyol (Sunday, 17h00 CET). During the past week, the Cantabrian was already recovered from the hamstring strain problem that has kept him out for a month, but he didn’t train on Monday and neither on Tuesday, this due to further complications in his recuperation process.

On Monday, Lotina admitted the player won’t be totally fit for the liga clash, taking in mind that Sergio and Juan Rodr?guez are suspended for the game, the Basque manager has admitted in public that his two options are to put Joan Verd?? alongside Julian De Guzm??n or to trust in somebody from Fabril, like David Rochela, Dani or Juan Dominguez.

Besides, Lotina will have the doubt of Andr?s Guardado until Friday, the Mexican is on international duty and the coach will know about his physical state until two days before the game in Barcelona. Therefore he can be planning a change in the lineup for the game, a possibility is to switch Lafita to the left wing and play with Riki, Pablo Alvarez or Cristian on the right.

Two players already discarded for the game at Espanyol are Mista (Pubalgy) and Manuel Pablo (Adductor/Soleus), while Lassad (muscular), Ze Castro (tonsillitis) and Rodolfo Bodipo (pharyngitis) should be fit for the occasion no matter they haven’t trained properly at the start of the week. Ze Castro even worked without problems in Tuesday’s evening session.

Meanwhile, Espanyol is hopeful about the game, the Catalans are aware this is their last chance in order to start overcoming the eight-point gap with the safety. The squad worked on the weekend in a little mid-season training stage that took place in Navata (Girona). All eyes were upon Iv??n De La Pe?a as the veteran midfielder didn’t train in any of the sessions due to a ligament problem in the ankle, injury that he suffered in the derby with Barcelona. In the end, a serious injury has been discarded and De La Pe?a will be rested during the week for precaution reasons, tough he should be fit to face the Galicians.

Who won’t play the game is midfielder ?ngel Mart?nez, he suffered a quadriceps injury in the game with Barcelona and will probably miss the rest of the season. A player that’s doubtful for the game against Depor is Rufete, the ex-Valencia is dragging a muscular problem in the tibia of his right leg.

On Monday, coach Mauricio Pochettino was explaining to reporters the reason why the squad made a mid-season training stage, ?We planned it, because we are convinced that against Deportivo La Coru?a, we will be at one hundred percent. This work will bring that point of freshness the team needs, and will give us the strength to not only face the game with Deportivo, but the other nine games remaining to play. We also came searching a physical improvement, the coexistence, and some tactical issues. We have achieved the goals and I am content.?



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