Highs and Lows: The message from the Valencia CF infirmary for Bordalás: we are ready

Jose Bordaláscoach of Valencia CF, is about to be able to count on, barring any surprises, a full squad for the final stretch of the season in which he will play nine LaLiga Santander games and the Copa del Rey final, after a season in which several of its players have missed key games due to injury, some of them long-term.

At this stage of the exercise there is no footballer left pending a long recovery process and the three who have not counted in recent weeks, the goalkeeper Jasper cillessenCaptain Joseph Luis Gayá and the Portuguese Thierry Correiathey are very close to returning to the team.

cillessen He hasn’t played since mid-January. Thierry from mid-February and Gaya he relapsed at the beginning of March, in the second leg of the cup semifinal against Athletic, from a previous injury.

The last injured, Toni Lato and Koba Lein, will soon be available again, while after four months out, Gabriel Paulista returned to the team, but was unable to play in Elche in the last league match due to muscle problems, waiting to take advantage of this league break to fully recover.

Valencia CF’s latest injured players, Toni Lato and Koba Lein, will soon be available again

Although throughout the season the Alicante coach of Valencia has used 33 players, he currently works with a block of twenty-five.

Five of those 33 players left the club during the season: Rubén Sobrino in the summer market and Daniel Wass, Jason Remeseiro, Manu Vallejo and Cristiano Piccini, in the winter, while the subsidiary players César Tárrega and Rubén Iranzo They have appeared sporadically, as has Javi Guerra, who has only played one minute in the Copa del Rey.

Valencia CF training session on Tuesday, March 22 (Photo: Valencia CF).

Of the twenty five most common playersthree of their goalkeepers (Jesper Cillessen, Jaume Doménech and Giorgi Mamardashvili) and another three arrived in the winter market (Bryan Gil, Ilaix Moriba and Eric Cömert).

In goal, all the goalkeepers have had opportunities due to different circumstances and the one who has played in recent games has been the Georgian Mamardashvili, but the recovery of Cillessen means that, at least from the outside, it is not clear who is going to play from of this moment.

The spotlight is shared

Not all the other outfield players who have been under Bordalás throughout the season have enjoyed the same prominence, as men like Gayá, Dimitri Foulquier, Mouctar Diakhaby, Gonçalo Guedes, Hugo Guillamón, Omar Alderete or Carlos Soler They have been common when they have been available with very few exceptions, some of them in matches against rivals of a lower category corresponding to the Copa del Rey.

Bryan Gil (Photo: Valencia CF)
Bryan Gil (Photo: Valencia CF)

Who’s who in the Valencia CF squad

Of those who arrived in January Bryan Gil He is the one who has entered the team with more force, followed by Ilaix, while the role of Cömert has been testimonial.

Yunnus Musah, Toni Lato, Uros Racic, Hélder Costa or Marcos André They are among the players who have regularly entered and left the line-ups, while Maxi Gómez and Hugo Duro have alternated attacking positions.

Denis Cheryshev, Koba Lein, the 17-year-old Christian Mosquera or Jesús Vázquez They have been among those who have played the least, although the latter has joined the team in recent games after the injuries of Gayà and Lato, the other two Valencia left-backs.

With these wickers, Bordalás must face a final stretch of the season marked by a Cup final to be played on April 23 in Seville and in which the victory would allow the team to play in Europe next year and look for the path to the same goal in the nine pending league games, although this route has it much more complicated given the distance of eight points that it now has with respect to sixth position.