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Leo Franco expecting ‘intense’ game against La Real

Leo Franco expecting ‘intense’ game against La Real

Huesca boss Leo Franco has said his side are expecting an ‘intense’ game against Real Sociedad on Friday night.

La Liga debutants Huesca made a great start to their life in the big time, picking up four points from their first two games against Eibar and Athletic Bilbao but defeats to Barcelona and Rayo Vallecano have brought them crashing back to earth.

Real Sociedad are their next opponents with the Basques coming to town on Friday night, level on points with the minnows.

An impressive win at Villarreal on opening day for La Real was followed by a collapse against Leganes when they drew 2-2 before two straight defeats as well, at the hands of Eibar and Barcelona, saw them fall to the bottom half of the table.

And, former Mallorca keeper Leo Franco has said he expects the game to be a tough encounter for his side.

“Tomorrow we are at home again, against a powerful rival,” he told reporters ahead of the game. “They have a great coach and he has done well over the summer with his squad. It is a great team and we expect a tough game with lots of intensity.

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“I think that Real will be more similar to the previous matches than the one we had against Barca, they have a very high intensity in games, I like the coach.”

The hosts have no new injury worries with the only player missing being goalkeeper Aleksandar Jovanovic with a calf injury. Ruben Semedo is expected to retain his place in defence while Cucho Hernandez may return up front.

La Real will welcome back Willian Jose from injury and he is expected to be fit enough for a start. However, Jon Guridi, David Concha, Martin Merquelanz, Adnan Januzaj, Sandro Ramirez, Andoni Gorosabel and Diego Llorente remain out.

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