The Betis players this morning left for a golf resort hotel near Jerez (about an hour south of Seville) where they will stay till Saturday afternoon as part of a mid-season emergency training camp. The whole squad has gone down there - including injured footballers such as Salva Sevilla, Rubén Pérez (who's out for a couple of weeks), Rubén Castro and Pozuelo, plus Paulao, who's suspended for Sunday's game - in a bid to collectively work out how such a sweet season has turned sour so quickly. It does smack a bit of a warring couple deciding to take a romantic weekend together, but hopefully it'll be useful in some shape or form. The best possible news would be if Rubén Castro (and, to a lesser extent, Pozuelo) came through tomorrow's planned extensive fitness test unscathed, but Sunday is still probably too soon for them.
Meanwhile, Nosa Igiebor is still in Lagos, apparently making daily trips to the Spanish Embassy to try and sort out the paperwork he requires to be allowed back into Spain. With Betis now desperately short of central midfielders, his situation has gone from being a joke to a serious concern - not least for the player himself, who is missing out on a golden chance to establish his reputation in Europe. As one Seville newspaper put it today, not even Achille Emaná - who had a reputation for unreliability - got himself in a mess like this one.