Depor’s Riki willing to play

Deportivo de La Coruna striker Riki says he will continue playing with a heavily bruised nose and will wear a protective mask.

The 32-year-old was injured in a first-half clash with Granada defender Diego Mainz last weekend, when it was originally suspected he had sustained a fracture.

However, the player has been training with a mask this week so as not to aggravate the injury and has declared he is willing to play against Sevilla next Monday, although the initial signs are not good.

“It’s left me feeling very uncomfortable and it bothers me that I can’t see properly and I think I’d have more vision with diving goggles. With this [mask] I wouldn’t be able to play,” he told a Press conference.

“The medical services are searching for a solution as I will have to look after this area of my face for around three weeks.

“It does not hurt and my breathing is okay and the only slightly annoying thing is the wound, but I can live with that.

“If I am training then it’s because I want to play and in the end it’s the Coach’s decision, but if I don’t play it won’t be because of the nose,” he added defiantly.

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