CD Jávea re-open campaign with tough home game and without two key players

CD Jávea face Universitat d’Alacant at home, Saturday 13th, kick-off 4.30pm

CD Jávea goalkeepers, in one of this week's training sessions.

Saturday 13th March 2021 | translated and adapted by MIKE SMITH

Saturday 13th March, 4.30pm

After more than three months without a game, the Regional Preferente resumes this weekend with the Round 10 matches, CD Jávea facing a tough home game against Universitat d’Alacant. Like the rest of the semi-professional teams, both sides have only had two weeks of training after restrictions were lifted at the beginning of the month. For CD Jávea, their last match was on November 28th 2020, a 0-0 draw against CF La Nucía ‘B’.

Speaking to XAD, head coach Diego Miñana admitted that they would have liked “a few more weeks to prepare” and that he will not be able to properly assess the form of his players after the enforced break until he sees how they compete this weekend. However, he confirmed that his squad has been keeping fit at home although he stressed that “it is not the same to work at home as it is to train with the ball, especially on the pitch“.

The important thing forthis weekend’s game is to win maximum points against a young competitive team that can also draw on experience from a handful of veterans. Last season, Universitat d’Alacant finished sixth in Group IV of the Regional Preferente and looked to be continuing their good form in the opening weeks of the 2020/21 season, lying in joint 4th position in the table with CD Jávea, but having played two games more. It will be a difficult game in which the rojiblancos will have to build on their talent to achieve victory.

Miñana will face the game without two players. Defender Toti is out due to suspension after receiving a straight red card in the home defeat against league leaders CFI Alicante on November 22nd, whilst striker Diego Torres has had to return to Galicia for work reasons. The coach admitted that “all casualties are important to use, we are short-staffed and, yes, we will have to consider players from the reserves“.

The game will kick-off at 4.30pm and, due to current health protocols, it will be played behind closed doors. We will provide updates on our Facebook page.

Click below to read the original article in Spanish on Xàbia AL DÍA