Almirón has to pull the quarry to complete the call in the match on Saturday (6.30 pm) against Villarreal. The franjiverde coach, after the departures of Koné, Sánchez Miño and Lucumí last Monday on the last day of the winter market, only has 18 professional footballers.
Of the 22 he currently has on the staff, Fidel follows his recovery plan and must wait at least one more week to reappear. The Huelva winger is intensifying his work, but has not yet started training with the group.
Along with Fidel, Gonzalo Verdú, Tete Morente and Barragán are also casualties, who last Saturday at the Mestalla against Valencia saw the fifth yellow card and must serve a penalty game.
Jony Álamo, Jose Salinas, John Donald and Diego Bri are the homegrown players that will enter the squad list. Gerard Barri would also have been among those chosen, but he has been injured in the knee since last week. All five have been training regularly with the first team.
Jony and John have already debuted in the league in the First Division. The Cartagena midfielder was the starter in Valladolid, replacing Iván Marcone. The Murcian central defender of Nigerian origin also played for Wanda Metropolitano against Atlético de Madrid.
For their part, Salinas and Bri, like Barri, had their opportunity in the Copa del Rey against Rayo Vallecano.
If there are no more signings of unemployed players, the five will end the season in the first team. In fact, none of them played yesterday with the Ilicitano against Eldense and they are passing the mandatory PCR tests like the rest of the first team players.
Gazzaniga arrives today
For his part, the new French-green goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga, who arrives at the French-green club to replace Diego “El Russo” Rodríguez, is scheduled to arrive today in Elche.
The Argentine goalkeeper must pass the anticovid tests and if they are negative, he will be on the bench in the match against Villarreal. Gazaniga had been training normally at Tottenham under Mourinho, although he has hardly played this season.
Otherwise, Almirón would also have to use one of the team’s two goalkeepers: Luis Castillo and Lluis Andreu, who also regularly train with the first team.
On the other hand, the central Diego González acknowledged yesterday that they need to break the streak of more than three months without winning as soon as possible to regain their self-esteem and the work they have been doing in training. «We knew from the beginning the difficulties of the category and that it was not going to be easy. We have to keep working and the more difficult things get for us, the more united we are. The victories have to come soon “, wished the footballer from Cadiz.
The franjiverde defender warned that Villarreal is “one of the best teams in the category”, stressed that they have “a lot of ball possession and propose from the beginning and are a difficult opponent to win.” But at the same time he recalled that “we were already able to make things difficult for them in the first round match at El Madrigal, where we tied (0-0) and we are confident in the work we are doing to achieve a positive result.”
The center of the Elche team assured that, despite the streak of 14 games without winning, Elche “always goes for victory”, but clarified that “during the games a thousand things happen.” “We will try to do our best this Saturday,” he said.
Diego González, who arrived late in the summer market, wanted to send a message asking the fans to continue “trusting and encouraging” the team. “Despite the effort, you don’t see the results, but you have to trust because sooner or later your work will pay off,” he concluded.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.