Problems are growing for Espanyol after the defeat in the derby and the sporting urgencies of a team that is getting closer to relegation. The Blue and Whites will have to win in Vallecas without one of their top scorers. The Danish striker Martin Braithwaite He will be out for that match and could already miss the entire competition after the injury he suffered to the biceps femoris in his right leg: his evolution will mark his availability.
LaLiga Santander 2022/2023
|Ray – Spanish||D-21/05 14:00|
|Spanish – athletic||M-24/05 22:00|
|Valencia – Spanish||D-28/05 19:00|
*Data updated as of May 18, 2023
The striker no longer participated in training this Thursday. Ruled out for Sunday, it is also impossible, due to the type of injury, that he can participate against Atlético de Madrid and Valenciamatches that will take place next week and that will be final to find out if the blue and whites arrive with options for the last day. For the match against Almería, which must be played on Sunday, June 4, the striker is doubtful.
Starting in all the matches with Luis García except in Seville, where he was unable to play due to being suspended, Espanyol lose their second top scorer (nine goals) for a transcendental match. The natural substitute will be Javi Puado, who accumulates three consecutive games scoring and who was already the author of a goal in Seville, in the absence of Braithwaite, and last Sunday against Barcelona at the RCDE Stadium.
It is the first injury of the season for the footballer, who missed the first three league games on the last market day, two games due to suspension and another due to discomfort on matchday nine, when the Blue and Whites won 1-0 to Valladolid. Since last January, Diego Martínez had warned that the player had physical problems and had to reduce his training load, which did not prevent him from being one of the most used players in the second round.