After Rafael Santos Borré’s coronavirus positive, calm came to the campus. Marcelo Gallardo builds a renewed team before the summons to those selected.
With the fear that another positive case of coronavirus could appear after the contagion of Rafael Santos Borré this Thursday, the players and the River coaching staff underwent PCR protocol tests for the game on Saturday at 9:15 p.m. against Godoy Cruz. The results were all negative and that brought peace to Nuñez.
Marcelo Gallardo’s team trained lightly at River Camp, with some technical exercises in tight spaces. This time the coach did not carry out any tactical tests as he had done on Tuesday and Wednesday, in which he tried different variants to replace, mainly, the Chilean defender Paulo Díaz.
First he chose Enzo Pérez from “2” and then also the youth central midfielder Santiago Sosa, who seems to end up occupying that position in the central defense. Relegated seem to have been Bruno Zuculini, recovered from a strained right hamstring that did not allow him to be present on the first date of the Professional League Cup, and the reserve youth Augusto Aguirre (21 years old), who already made his debut in the first division in October 2017 in a match against Talleres at the Mario Alberto Kempes Stadium, which was defeated 4-0.
Between the calls for Eliminatory, injuries and the case of Covid-19 of Borré, Gallardo will have to devise a totally different team from the one that has been playing.
Confirmed the summons of Franco Armani, Gonzalo Montiel, Nicolás De La Cruz, Paulo Díaz and Robert Rojas to their respective teams and added the injury of Ignacio Fernández, the Doll he loses the backbone of his team. Thus, the eleven to play against Godoy Cruz would be: Bologna; Casco, Sosa, Pinola, Angileri; Ponzio, Enzo Pérez, Ferreira; Álvarez, Pratto and Suárez.
“I don’t consider it unfair (about playing without those called up) because we have National Team players and we nurture other teams. But it also makes us think that our local tournament is clearly downplayed. If one wants to have everyone to give importance to, not them has and the tournament does not stop. You have to give the competition the relevance it deserves“said Gallardo.
The squad will return to training, although behind closed doors, this Friday afternoon before the trip to Mendoza on a flight that will depart at 7 p.m. from Ezeiza, because the Jorge Newbery Airport is still closed. The return to Buenos Aires will be after the game on Saturday.
Juan Fernando Quintero underwent the medical examination with Shenzhen and in Núñez they are waiting for the payment of the first installment of the pass (4,050,000 euros), which would take place in the coming days. The other part is agreed to take place before the end of the year.
The Colombian will have to wait until 2021 to play in the Chinese club, since he has the quota of foreigners covered until the next transfer market. At the time, upon learning of the situation, the player had expressed himself through his social networks with the phrase: “After the storm, calm always comes.”
Anyway, the southpaw will soon start training with his new team, once his transfer is official. At the same time, he has already begun his process of adaptation to a culture totally different from the one he used to.
The historic team captain, Gao Lin, 34, welcomed Juanfer to start getting used to his new team, to which the midfielder commented “Thank you for the welcome captain.”