Florin Andone faces a race against time to be fit for Deportivo La Coruna’s season opener against Real Madrid .
As a result of groin pain, the striker – who was the team’s top scorer last season, with 12 goals – could miss out on Sunday.
He did not train on Monday and was then working away from the main group on Wednesday, while club sources have revealed that he is awaiting further medical tests to see how serious the injury is and if he’ll have to sit out the first round of action.
It would be a significant blow to coach Pepe Mel if the Romanian does miss out, given that Depor do not have any other natural centre-forwards.
Former Atletico Madrid player Adrian Lopez is perhaps the best fit for the position, although he has only just arrived and hasn’t had pre-season minutes with the team.
In addition, Fede Valverde cannot play given that he is on loan from Real Madrid, Emre Colak is suspended and Carles Gil is confirmed out with an injury of his own.