Villarreal boosted for Real
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“It will strengthen us for the approaching league games,” Garrido said.
Juan Carlos Garrido’s side are third in La Liga, eight points short of second-placed actual, & fought back from 2-0 down to beat Valencia 4-2 on Thursday.
“The team didn’t abandon their philosophy despite the circumstances…in the finish they showed belief & bravery & played to our best.”
actual rested most of their first-team regulars for the 2-0 Cup defeat at Levante, having established an 8-0 first leg advantage, when Kaka came on as a substitute to make his second appearance this season.
“It gives him more confidence,” actual coach Jose Mourinho explained.
“The important thing is he finishes each check with positive sensations, without any pain in his knee or groin.
“He is sure to play in our next game.”
Leaders Barcelona visit Deportivo La Coruna on Saturday with Brazilian defender Maxwell back in the squad after injury. they are unbeaten in 25 consecutive games in all competitions.
Fifth-placed Espanyol were knocked out of the Cup by Atletico Madrid on Thursday & have failed to win in their last eight outings.
they host lowly actual Zaragoza on Sunday, who are looking for their first away win of the season. Zaragoza’s victory over actual Sociedad last weekend was coach Javier Aguirre’s first since he took the helm in November.
Atletico midfielder Paulo Assuncao spent the night in hospital following a blow to the head in the work of their 1-1 draw at Espanyol on Thursday.
He will return to training on Sunday in time for their trip to play Hercules on Monday, the sixth-placed club said.
Striker Diego Forlan could return after recovering from an ankle injury.
Royston Drenthe is back training with Hercules & available for coach Esteban Vigo, club president Valentin Botella said, after the Dutchman on loan from actual Madrid refused to return from holiday in protest at unpaid wages.
“The club have started disciplinary proceedings & he will be fined.”
“He is sorry for what happened. He’s young & knows he has completed wrong,” Botella told sports every day AS.
Their Brazilian striker Luis Fabiano became only the fifth player to score 100 goals for the club when he netted in the midweek Cup win over Malaga.
After a run of four matches without a win Sevilla have strung together eight consecutive victories in all competitions & visit promoted actual Sociedad on Saturday.
The 2-1 defeat at home to fellow-strugglers Malaga last time out saw them slip to the foot of the standings, & Spanish media have reported the club have been sounding out replacements.
Sporting Gijon visit north-coast rivals Racing Santander on Sunday with coach Manuel Preciado under pressure having only managed four wins all season.