Elche’s squad returned to training on Saturday after enjoying a break on Christmas Eve and Christmas. The French-green footballers began, at the Díez Iborra field of the Juan Ángel Romero Sports City, to prepare for the match next Wednesday (9:30 p.m.), against Real Madrid.
The technician, Jorge Almirón, who remains confined by the positive for coronavirus and he will not be able to sit on the bench, he hopes to recover the injured Diego González and Nuke Mfulu and be able to have the entire squad against the white team.
The central Cadiz and the Franco-Congolese midfielder have missed the last three games, the two in the League against Osasuna and Atlético de Madrid and the Copa del Rey against Buñol.
Diego González played for the last time on December 13 in the match against Granada, in which he played the 90 minutes. The defender suffered a micro-tear in the hamstring area and has been out of the team for more than two weeks. During his absence, Almirón has used the youth squad Jhon and Dani Calvo as center-backs, but neither of them have finished performing as needed in the First Division. In the last stake against Osasuna, Josema returned, in the second half, to his natural position as a left central, when he had been playing as a winger.
For his part, Nuke Mfulu was in the call for the match against the Granadans, but did not play any minute. Later, when it was expected that he could play in the Cup against Buñol, he suffered an internal lateral sprain in his knee, which has left him in the dry dock. The African midfielder was not being the undisputed starter, but the franjjiverde coach was using him in the final stretch of the games to help in defensive work.
Both the central and the midfielder are evolving in a positive way. This week they have already been doing continuous running and yesterday, on the return to training, they performed, together with the retrainer Aitor Soler, exercises with different circuits with changes of rhythms, to which they responded quite well.
In principle they are still doubtful, but there are still four days ahead for the match against Real Madrid and they could be available. If they continue to progress satisfactorily, tomorrow Monday they could try out with the group.
In any case, the medical team does not want to rush to the tough schedule ahead, with four games -three in the League (Real Madrid, Athletic Club de Bilbao and Getafe) and the second round of the Cup against La Nucía- in just 12 days.
Therefore, their return will depend on the sensations they have in the next training sessions.
In addition, neither of them are players of the certain starters. Diego González has alternated the title with the substitution, while Nuke Mfulu began the season as a starter, but after the arrival of Iván Marcone he has been losing prominence.
Almirón will spend tomorrow a PCR
The Elche squad will go through the usual PCR tests tomorrow, Monday, which are carried out 48 hours before each meeting. The coach, Jorge Almirón, will also undergo the test, although since his positive was less than ten days ago, even if the result is negative, he will have to remain isolated and will not be able to sit on the bench on Wednesday in the match against Real Madrid.
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