The coronavirus takes its toll

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Updated: 06/08/2020 11: 27h
Related newsVarious teams have complained about the short preparation time they have had to compete with full guarantees. Piqué did it, who told Javier Tebas and [later] the Minister of Health, Salvador Illa, directly. And later it was expressed by Quique Setién who demanded one more week to arrive in optimal conditions. One of the people who have the most reason to complain is Espanyol, who hasten to return to a competition in which they will play eleven finals to try to save the category they are joined by the fact that they are the team who has suffered most from coronavirus infections. Up to eight footballers and two members of the coaching staff have overcome the disease. However, the aftermath that the Covid-19 has left them is notably damaging. In fact, Abelardo Fernández has regretted that some of the players who at the time passed the coronavirus have still not been able to train with the bulk of his teammates, which represents a significant decrease in the sports potential of the blue and white team, which is playing for permanence. " We have eight players who have passed the viru s and it is true that some have not been able to train at the same rate as the rest," confirmed the Asturian coach in the #Vamos program dedicated to the league start. "This last week they are already much better and have been able to participate in the training, but some still have not been able to do it in its entirety, as I would have liked to do," he added. Anyway, Abelardo runs away from regrets and tries to focus on getting their players to the best of their ability to achieve a feat that at the moment seems complicated, since it is six points away from salvation . "We will try to recover feelings because we will need all the footballers. And we hope to get to the first match in the best conditions, either all or most of the squad, "said the Blue and Whites' coach, who this Saturday returns to the competition at the RCDE Stadium against Alavés before visiting Getafe next Tuesday . Espanyol need to become strong in their stadium where has only won one match and in which they will receive five direct rivals for permanence in this final stretch.

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