Quique Setién begins to suffer in his own flesh having agreed to work with such a short staff of 18 players, two of them also long-term injured, Luis Suárez and Dembélé, so in the end he only has 16 troops within reach. That means that any setback in the form of an injury is practically a drama, since it hardly has any cash to complete a call with first team players. The injury this Saturday by Jordi Alba aggravates the situation, since today Setién only has 15 players available in the first team. The international was accidentally injured in the 17th minute when he was running to clear a ball, quickly touching the right leg abductor. It was the player himself who realized the extent of the injury, claiming the bench the change and even rushing Junior, his replacement, to accelerate the warming in the band.In the absence of definitive tests, the first feelings in the locker room were not very positive, so they point to a possible range injury that could leave you between two and three weeks out At least one of the playing fields, it should be remembered that on the 25th of this month Barça plays the first leg of the round of 16 against Naples and on March 1, the Classic at the Bernabéu.In any case, very bad luck for Jordi Alba that this season seems paid to injuries, since it is the third of the course. And also comes at the worst time if possible because the Champions League is already around the corner.
“It is definitely a tough call when you lose six first team players. All this boils down to the financial situation of the club because we have not yet found a sponsor since coming into the league. We are trying to see whether we can have some replacements,” Ouna noted.Harun Nyakha and Joe Waithira both decamped to Nakumatt, Piston Mutamba moved to Sofapaka while Luis Tumba, Mark Odhiambo and Patience Lukige have all asked to be released as they pursue greener pastures.Tusker’s Eugene Asike and Wazito’s Piston Mutamba chase for the ball during a past Kenyan Premier League match. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluThe departure of the six leaves the team hugely punctured. Ouna has already brought on board experienced midfielder Erick Ochieng and Anthony Njeru from KCB FC as he looks to seal the loopholes.“At this time I will change my approach a bit. I will not go in for young players but I will try to get players who are experienced in the league and who understand the situation we are in and can help pull us out. At this time I can’t say much about our future in the league until I get the players I need for the second leg,” the tactician noted.In the midst of the storm, they come face-to-face with a team that’s on top of their game and still steaming in celebrations following their SportPesa Super Cup win.The league leaders sit top of the standings with a two point buffer over second placed Mathare United and with a healthy five game deficit, Ouna knows, it is not an easy tie to go to.“Definitely this is not the best time to play Gor because currently they are the best team in the country. My biggest challenge now is to rebuild the team and we start now. It will be a tough game for us definitely but we have to go in there and give our best,” the tactician noted.Wazito FC head coach Frank Ouna quenches his thirst during a past Kenyan Premier League match. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluWazito sit at the basement of the standings with a meager 17 points off their first 18 games of top flight football and have lost six consecutive matches in the league. Their only win in that period was a 3-0 result against Nairobi Water in the FKF Shield.Meanwhile, Gor will be looking to maintain their unbeaten start to the new season and head coach Dylan Kerr has warned his side not to take Wazito lightly.“They have been struggling yes, but any team that comes to play against Gor Mahia takes it as a Cup final. It will definitely be a tough match because they want to be the first team to beat us,” warned the British coach.Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr shouts instructions to his players during their Kenyan Premier League match against Sofapaka on May 20, 2018 in Machakos. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaHe is expected to make changes to his starting 11 so as to give rest to some of his first team stars who played two matches within three days in the SportPesa Super Cup.“It is very tough for me because every time I have to put in a different team because I have to look out for my players not to get too worked up. We have to look at who feels fresh physically and mentally then put out our best team to face Wazito,” further noted the coach.A win for Gor will take them five points clear at the top of the standings as they look to keep in track to defend their crown. Kerr has also warned that his team wants to go in and fight for all the trophies they are competing for.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Wazito FC head coach Frank Ouna giving instructions to his players during a past match against Gor Mahia. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYANAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 13- Struggling Wazito FC tackle Kenyan Premier League leaders Gor Mahia at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu on Wednesday afternoon on the backdrop of losing six key first team players in the mid-season transfer window.Tough financial times at the club has forced several players to decamp with more said to be on their way out, a situation that leaves head coach Frank Ouna scratching his head over their future in the top tier league.