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Real Mallorca had some bad news on Thursday when their goal-less Paraguayan-born striker “Torito” Acuña suffered a grade-two leg muscle tear in training and is expected to be out until at least Christmas. With Italian striker Rolando Bianchi one yellow card away from suspension and Mallorca struggling for goals (as the team hangs around the hull of Liga Adelante like La Segunda limpets), Thursday’s training ground injury couldn’t have come at a worse time. Sunday’s visitors to the Son Moix, kick off 5 pm, are the Catalan side Llagostera who lie two points above Mallorca having won 4-1 away at Elche last weekend. For us, there are fitness doubts regarding Brandon Thomas and Thierry Moutinho, and it’s likely we’ll start with the same line up as played in our 1-1 draw at Oviedo. In a three-man midfield, Yuste, Ros and Sissoko will play just behind lone attacker Bianchi.
Putting our league position into perspective, we’re eight points from automatic promotion, six from the play-off positions or two points from salvation. The good news is that we played a lot better last week in our 1-1 draw away at Oviedo and moving Javi Ros in to a more attacking role seems to have worked. Also missing will be our young German goalkeeper Timon Wellenreuther who’s been called up for Under-21 International duty. His place will go to the veteran 34-year-old Jesus Cabrero.