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Diego Lopez Called & Other Notes

Lots of VillarrealUSA.org action this morning. Diego Lopez has been called up to the Spanish national side for the next match against Turkey. Villarreal now have four players from the Spanish national side in their regular starting lineup: Lopez, Capdevila, Cazorla, Senna. Take into consideration the other national league regulars (Rossi, Mati, Eguren, Godin, Nihat, Guille, and sometimes Gonzalo), and those are some impressive numbers.

Injury Update: Great news on the injury front. Villarreal return to nearly full-squad strength for the weekend's home matchup against Athletic. Llorente, Angel, and Gonzalo all return from injury, and Godin will come back from his suspension. Pires had to be dropped because of some Achilles soreness. Javi Venta is suspended, and Cygan has not yet recovered. The full call includes:

Diego López and Viera; Gonzalo, Fuentes, Godin, Capdevila, Angel; Marcos Senna, Eguren, Santi Cazorla, Ibagaza, Cani, Bruno and Matías Fernández; Nihat, Rossi, Guille Franco and Llorente.

It will feel very nice to see a back line of Angel - Gonzalo - Godin - Capdevila again. Hopefully we will be able to stand up a little more against Athletic's attack than we were able to against Atletico.