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Previewing Rayo Vallecano vs Lugo, and contract expiries (22nd April, 2017)

Compared to last week - Pablo Iñiguez, Răzvan Raț and Lass are back in the squad, and Míchel confirmed that Pablo would play.

Not out of pity, out of necessity - Toño, Pablo Clavería and Dorado are out due to injuries and Zé Castro is out due to suspension. Plus, Miku, Cristaldo, Aguirre and Nacho are out too.

It's a shame - a Venezuela international, a Boca Junior hot prospects, an ex-Toledo hot prospect and youth graduate and Rayo's second captain won't even grace the Vallekas bench, much less the pitch.



Expect a bumpy game, with many cards.

The referee for the game is Jorge Figueroa Vázquez, one of the toughest referees in the division. In the 17 games he has refereed this season he has dished out 75 yellow cards and five reds.

Figueroa started refereeing in the Segunda B from 2007 until 2012, when he was bumped up to the Segunda. Watch out for him - the 37-year-old will be in La Liga after a couple of seasons.



It seems silly to talk about next season, but it's shocking how many players will be leaving the club at the end of the season even if we do stay in the Segunda.

Edit: 1st June, 2017.

The list of contract expiries below was taken from the wrong source, it was corrected here

Jordi Gómez, Cristaldo, Gazzaniga, Tomás Mejías and Pablo Iñiguez will return to their parent clubs, and Miku, Baena, Ebert, Embarba, Lass Bangoura, Quini, Nacho, Raț, Manucho, Amaya, Aguirre, Dorado, Dovale and Toño are all out of contract.

Basically, unless there are any contract extensions, we have no goalkeepers, a center-back (Zé Castro), a left-back (Johan Mojica), a right-back (Ernesto Galán), two central midfielders (Fran Beltrán and Roberto Trashorras), an attacking midfielder (Santi Comesaña), a left winger (Álex Moreno) and a striker (Javi Guerra).

And while this is standard for a Segunda club, this summer transfer window is going to be hectic.

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