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El Madrigal (ATT 15,000) 15th April 2012 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: C Gomez

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Santander boss unsure whether he will watch his side

Last Updated: 15/04/12 11:38am

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Racing Santander: Could be without manager Alvaro Cervera

Racing Santander: Could be without manager Alvaro Cervera

Racing Santander boss Alvaro Cervera is waiting to learn whether he can take charge of his side at Villarreal on Sunday after suffering a heart scare.

The 46-year-old former Racing winger spent the night in hospital, where he was admitted as a precaution after feeling unwell during a training session on Friday.

Cervera, who has been in charge of the Primera Liga's rock-bottom side for just over a month, reportedly underwent a series of tests, none of which showed anything serious following the tachycardia.

Assistants Fede Castanos and Pablo Pinillos look set to take charge for Sunday's crucial match at El Madrigal if Cervera is unavailable.

Racing somehow need to end their 14-match winless run - six of them under Cervera - if they are to stand any real chance of the greatest of relegation escape acts.

In what is a proverbial six-pointer against fourth-bottom Villarreal, victory would move them within seven points of their opponents, while even a draw would leave them 11 adrift with only five matches remaining.

Villarreal took a huge stride towards preserving their own Liga status on Thursday when they scored twice in the last seven minutes - the winner coming deep into stoppage-time to stun Champions League-chasing Malaga 2-1.

That lifted them seven points clear of the drop zone and they will edge ever closer to safety if they record back-to-back victories for only the second time this season.

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Goalkeeper Diego Lopez was taking nothing for granted, with Villarreal having already been on the end of some shock results this term, including in the reverse fixture against Racing.

"Seeing the situation where they are and where we are, we have to win at all costs," he said.

"We have a lot of respect for our opponents, but this is our key match.

"Sunday is a vital game, a final. Win it and we are not saved, but we would be much more comfortable."

Best bet: Draw - 16/5

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Spanish Primera BBVA

Spanish Primera BBVA
Pos Team P Pts
1 Barcelona 32 78
2 Real Madrid 32 76
3 Atletico Madrid 32 69
4 Valencia 32 65
5 Sevilla 32 63
6 Villarreal 32 52
7 Malaga 32 46
8 Athletic Bilbao 32 43
9 Celta Vigo 32 42
10 Espanyol 32 42
11 Rayo Vallecano 32 41
12 Real Sociedad 32 38
13 Getafe 32 36
14 Elche 32 34
15 Eibar 32 31
16 Levante 32 29
17 Almeria 32 28
18 Deportivo La Coruna 32 28
19 Granada 32 25
20 Cordoba 32 20

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