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Villarreal News: Musacchio out, B team rained out, more....

Sadly, Mateo Musacchio isn't going to be able to play in China for Argentina. More importantly, he won't be able to play for us for several weeks either after straining his hamstring in the waning moments of the Madrid match.

Manuel Queimadelos Alonso

I can almost hear Sidarth now, repeating his mantra "You can never have too many center-backs".  True enough, and you could even expand it to "defenders".

Mateo Musacchio's injury has now been diagnosed and it appears he will be out several weeks. If there is a silver lining, it's that after the Celta match on October 5 we have two weeks off, so it's possible he could return against Zurich (El Madrigal on the 23rd) or at least in Sevilla on the 26th.

In the short term, I expect us to play Gabriel and Ruiz in the center, with Adrian Marin or Rukavina on the left and Mario Gaspar on the right.  If by some miracle Chechu Dorado can stay out of the treatment room long enough to give us some minutes, maybe he plays against Celta and Gabriel goes to left back?

In other news, Villarreal B's match against Badalona was rained out--no word on when it will be made up.  There were numerous drenching rainstorms and flood warnings around the Barcelona area, and after about 25 scoreless minutes their field was inundated.  Villarreal C lost to Paterna on the road, 1-0, and are last in the table, with 4 points from 6 matches.

Next up for them is a home tie versus Jove Espanol Sunday at noon--it will probably be streamed by the club on the official site, but I doubt I will get up at 3AM here to watch it.

The B team hosts Zaragoza's B team at 6pm Spanish time on Saturday October 4--again, look to the official site to watch that one.  We are on 5 points from 5 matches, Zaragoza on 6 from 6.  They've allowed 14 goals, including 5 against Espanyol's B team last week, so we might fancy ourselves to get a result here.

Finally, some old news I have been meaning to slip in--UEFA have blocked the Premier League's plan to set up an "Under 21 European Cup".  This would have included Villarreal as one of 8 non-EPL sides.  Perhaps it will happen later, but it seems dead for this season.  A pity--we would have been in a group with Celtic, Man United and Sunderland.