Loovens ready for Zaragoza bow

Real Zaragoza defender Glenn Loovens has recovered from a knee injury and is in contention to play at Valencia this Sunday.

The former Glasgow Celtic centre-back, snapped up from the Scottish giants on a free transfer during the summer, suffered damaged the knee on the eve of the new La Liga campaign and has been sidelined ever since.

The Dutchman, left out as a precaution against Osasuna at the weekend, is now back training with the rest of the squad and boss Manolo Jimenez must decide whether to risk him at Mestalla for his full debut.

Los Manos sit mid-table having conceded six goals in the opening five games, and Jimenez now has an embarrassment of riches at his disposal for the first time this season, with Javier Parades and Alvaro the current incumbents in the centre of his defence.

Argentine midfielder Lucas Wilchez, on loan from Colo-Colo, also missed the Osasuna game and should also be available, although both Adam Pinter and Ivan Obradovic are definite non-starters.

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