Sporting's attempt to win our 16th Portuguese Cup will start today at the 3rd Round of the 2009/10 edition of the second most important trophy of our football. Our opponent will be FC Penafiel, a club that currently plays at Liga Vitalis, the 2nd level of our football.
The international break brought one more serious injury to the list of players unavailable. Yannick Djaló broke a leg in Poland at the service of Portugal's U-23 squad and it was only after being observed by our club's medical staff that the injury was confirmed, as according to FPF he was OK. :rollani: He will be 6 weeks out.
Izmailov, Polga, Caneira and the keeper Ricardo Batista are also out injured. On the other hand André Marques is back from his injury.
This will be a tougher match than what could look on paper as there is an obvious tension every time we play home this season. The small minority of fans that keep jeering our players at the first stray pass will certainly be there, as usual. In spite of that, I hope we can put up a decent performance and go on annoying that same small minority.
According to today's "O Jogo", this may be our starting XI in the match that kicks off at 19:15 CET in Alvalade:
Abel - Tonel - Daniel Carriço - Grimi
Angulo - Vukcevic
Liedson - Hélder Postiga
Subs from: Rui Patrício, Pedro Silva, André Marques, Adrien Silva, Bruno Pereirinha, Matías Fernández, Saleiro and Caicedo.