Gabriel Paulista has recovered in record time to be available for this Thursday’s match against Osasuna at Mestalla (7:00 p.m. ), although coach Javi Gracia has not wanted to confirm if he will be in the starting eleven nor will he provide a call until the hour’s match previews. From being part of the starting eleven this Thursday, it will have taken the central defender less than a month to recover from the fracture of the transverse processes of several lumbar vertebrae , as detailed in the medical report on December 23 .
The footballer has completed six days of training with the group at a good pace and will be available for Javi Gracia to include him in the starting eleven of a match marked in red by the coaching staff and the dressing room against a rival who is also in great need of points, in the relegation places. The Spanish-Brazilian defender had to leave the match against Sevilla , on December 22 , in minute 17 after a hard fall in minute 1.
He went to look hard for a divided ball in dispute with Lucas Ocampos and after a powerful jump, he fell from his backs in bad posture against the grass . The player tried to continue, after being treated on the pitch and the wing. Initially, there was talk of a recovery period of between 4 and 6 weeks , although knowing the black-and-white footballer was more likely due to the shorter time value. Once he was seen working at the end of last week with the group , everything seemed to indicate that the plan was for him to pick up the pace without pain to be available in the match against Atletico on Sunday, January 24.
The footballer has been shortening deadlines to be already on the list this Thursday. It is not the first time that Paulista shortens the terms of an injury . In the summer of 2018, he recovered in three weeks from the fracture of a transverse process of the L2 vertebra which occurred during a friendly match against Galatasaray . Carlos Soler, doubt avid Gracia, on the other hand, has not wanted to remove the presence of Carlos Soler in this Thursday’s game against Osasuna out of doubt .
The Valencian midfielder trained with the group in the previous session , but with some discomfort still in his ankle as a result of a blow he suffered in training on Tuesday. The player has stopped on occasion to exchange feelings with members of the medical team, but it does not seem that they are strong enough to leave him out of the eleven. Even so, the coach has insisted that they are not going to take risks with any player.