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Oliveira Resumes the Trainings, Khamis and Mabkhout Still Out

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Abu Dhabi: 24 December 2013
 
The first football team kept their daily training session going as they prepare for the next match against Al Ain, which will be in Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium at Friday the 27th of December, as part of the 12th week of the Arabian Gulf League.
 
The preparations for the derby started at Sunday with morning and night sessions, and in Monday evening, then in Tuesday morning with a session led by the head coach Walter Zenga and his assistants.
 
The Brazilian striker Ricardo Oliveira participated in the morning session after he missed last Monday session due to a severe cold; meanwhile Ali Mabkhout and Khamis Ismail kept working under close supervision of the team session as the latest medical tests revealed that their physical fitness levels are still far from the ideal level and they still need intensive rehabilitations, which means their chances of playing in Friday against Al Ain has threatened, and the decision of starting them as substitutes will be postponed until the last a few hours before the match.
 
The defenders Musallem Fayez and Abdullah Musa trained with their teammates even though they are out of their coach choices for Al Ain match due to suspension, as the last game against Bani Yas saw them getting their third yellow card this season.
 
On Tuesday morning the players prepared for the session with the fitness coach and the team physician in the gymnasium; they headed with their coach to the training field and worked on defensive and offensive tactics, and also on precise shooting from different angles. The keepers trained intensively with their coach, then joined their teammates in the inner match, that saw a special concentration from Zenga on Khalid Sabil and Sultan Al Suwaidi, as he is preparing one of them to replace the suspended Abdullah Musa in Friday Derby.