NICK LEYDEN - Friday, January 7, 2011
Tony Taylor looks to have recovered from injury in time for Estoril's game against Feirense on Saturday, though Greg Garza will miss out while training with the Under-20s in Florida.
Estoril Praia – CD Feirense
Os Canarinhos face a tough challenge on Saturday, in yet another game that could prove pivotal to the promotion race, when they host league leading Feirense in the Estádio António Coimbra da Mota.
After a dour 1-0 defeat at home last weekend at the hands of Penafiel, Os Canarinhos will be anxious to welcome midfield engine Luciano Bebê back into the fold, as well as Jefferson, the first choice leftback, both of whom are returning from suspension.
Coach Vinícius Eutrópio is also likely to have Taylor available as a striking option, as the former Jacksonville University star expects to be cleared to play after missing roughly three weeks with a head injury.
Despite Estoril's roster boosts the visitors will enter the matchup full of confidence.
The league leaders are on a three game winning streak, having not lost since November. Additionally, Feirense has not lost in Estoril since 2006, collecting two wins and two ties in their previous four visits.
The northerners boast a potent attack led by veteran Brazilian striker, Roberto, whose six goals lead the league. They are also backstopped by Paulo Lopes who is widely believed to be the best ‘keeper in the Liga Orangina.
Estoril's other Yank, Greg Garza, who debuted last week, is not available to make another appearance as he has again been called to the U-20 camp by Thomas Rongen.
Estoril are currently in seventh place, though a congested table means a victory could seem them move as high as fourth.