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Javi Ontiveros makes first-team return after exclusion due to disciplinary issues

Javi Ontiveros makes first-team return after exclusion due to disciplinary issues
  • The young winger returned to the squad during Malaga's 0-2 home defeat to Leganés

Malaga winger Javi Ontiveros is now back in the first team picture after being sent on an “indefinite period of reflection”.

The youngster, 20, was made to train separately from his colleagues after an accumulation of disciplinary issues, though none were believed to be serious. The most recent, though, following Malaga's thrashing at the hands of Valencia (0-5) on matchday five, was the tipping point and with the side in a terrible run of form, it was decided that indiscipline within the camp couldn't be tolerated.

Ontiveros returned to the squad during Malaga's 0-2 home defeat to Leganés. He played just over half an hour as a second-half substitute. He will also be in the travelling party for Saturday's game at the Camp Nou against Barcelona.

He will be joined by Borja Bastón who has returned to full training after injury.