Malaga-Cadiz clash to go ahead after postponement petition is rejected

Juankar, ruled out.
Juankar, ruled out. / Malaga CF
  • The club had called for Saturday's game to be put back with a fresh injury crisis and the international break taking its toll on the squad

Malaga head coach Víctor Sánchez del Amo has a major selection headache ahead of the visit of league leaders Cadiz to La Rosaleda on Saturday evening (6pm kick-off).

The club had appealed to the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) for the game to be postponed after a combination of the international break and a fresh injury and suspension crisis. That appeal was rejected on Friday morning.

Víctor could have just 11 professionals available to him for selection. Rules dictate that teams must have at least seven professionals on the field at any given time.

Injuries of varying severity have struck defenders Cifu, Diego González and Juankar, midfielders Renato and Badr Boulahroud and forward Dani Pacheco.

Midfielder Adrián will miss the game through suspension after his red card against Huesca last Saturday, while Keidi Bare (Albania), Munir (Morocco), Juanpi and Mikel (Venezuela), Ramón (Spain under-19s) and Lorenzo González (Switzerland under-20s) have been called up by their respective national teams.

The good news, however, is that the club have managed to persuade Albania and Algeria's FAs not to call up striker Armando Sadiku and midfielder Mohamed Benkhemassa.