Goalkeeper only confirmed starter: Suarez

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:34 IST

Ecuador goalkeeper Cristian Mora is the team's only confirmed starter for its debut against Poland. The full lineup will be announced on Sunday.

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Ecuador goalkeeper Cristian Mora is the team's only confirmed starter for its World Cup debut Monday against Poland. The full lineup will be announced Sunday, coach Luis Fernando Suarez said Tuesday. Those close to the team, however, say it's clear the Colombian-born coach has already decided on a lineup. Injuries are the only reason he has any doubts about who will start. One of the injured is striker Agustin Delgado, who's undergoing treatment on his left knee. Delgado scored five goals to help Ecuador qualify for the World Cup. "I am convinced that Agustin will play,'' Suarez said. Doctor Ruben Santamaria, who is supervising the treatment, agreed. "It's been the best possible treatment, and I think Agustin will be just fine by the time of the action,'' Santamaria said. Delgado himself appeared confident. "The work is proving useful, I am feeling just fine, ready to score against Poland," the striker said Tuesday. Should Delgado's knee make him unable to play, Ivan Kaviedes will be ready to replace him. Kaviedes has looked good while taking Delgado's place during training, according to Suarez. With Mora in goal, Ecuador is expected to have Ulises de la Cruz, Ivan Hurtado, Geovanny Espinosa and Neicer Reasco on defense. The likely midfield appears to Edison Mendez, Alejandro Castillo, Edwin Tenorio and Luis Antonio Valencia. Carlos Tenorio and Delgado or Kaviedes will likely be the forwards. (AP)

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