The midfielder recovered from a tear in his left leg. And the Colombian forward no longer has traces of coronavirus. The test was negative and the complementary studies went well. Will they be headlines or will they go to the bank?
They worried everyone riverplatense world. One for a tear; the other because he got the coronavirus. But both are recovered and ready to play. That is why Marcelo Gallardo included them in the list of concentrates for this Friday’s match against Banfield for the Professional League Cup. From do it the Doll It will have two of its most important soldiers available for Tuesday’s duel against Atlético Paranaense for the first leg of the Copa Libertadores round of 16. Ignacio Fernández and Rafael Santos Borré return to the field …
On Tuesday, November 3, when a few minutes of the second half between River and Banfield had been played on the Independiente court (on the first date of the Professional League Cup) Nacho Fernández grabbed the back of his left leg after a cross and flush shot that went wide. He immediately asked for the change. He sat down on the substitute bench and they put ice on the area. The next day it was confirmed that he had a tear in the rectus anterior. More than two weeks passed and They have already discharged him.
Three days later, River reported that Borré had been isolated for having maintained close contact with a person who had tested positive for coronavirus. For that reason the match with Rosario Central was lost and, that same weekend, after they did the swab, the result was positive.
So, the Colombian, who was a father less than a month ago, was confined for 10 days. This Wednesday he had the epidemiological discharge and they tested him again, like all his colleagues. It tested negative. And they also did complementary studies (cardiological and respiratory) to check that there were no consequences of the disease. The results were satisfactory. So Gallardo put it on the list of concentrates.
There are two great news that the Doll in a few hours. It is that although the deadlines were enough for both players to be against Atlético Paranaense, that they have a medical discharge a couple of days before a game prior to the Libertadores, it gives the coach Millionaire the possibility of giving them both minutes against Banfield. And that they can arrive with rhythm to the duel against the Brazilians, which will be played on Tuesday (at 7.15 pm) in Curitiba.
Will have to see now if they start from holders or if they go to the bench of substitutes and add a few minutes in the second half. On the sidelines, for both it is important to play. And for Gallardo, having them available.
Enzo Pérez also appears on the list of concentrates, who had come out in the second half against Godoy Cruz because he felt a discomfort in his right hamstring. Finally, it was only a muscle fatigue and he will have no problem playing.
There will also be other regular headlines such as Javier Pinola, Milton Casco, Julián Alvarez and Matías Suárez. The same as Lucas Pratto (he has been replacing Borré) and Santiago Sosa (he had entered the place of Nacho Fernández and last week he played as “2”). Also, Leonardo Ponzio and Fabrizio Angileri, who played from the start in Mendoza.
Meanwhile, of the players who were with his national teams, he only added Paraguayan Robert Rojas. Franco Armani, Gonzalo Montiel, Paulo Díaz and Nicolás De La Cruz will rest.
Finally, another youth appears on the list for the first time. Gallardo gave the boy Santiago Simón the chance, an 18-year-old midfielder (2002 category, born in José C. Paz), who usually plays on the right.
The rest of the list is made up of: Germán Lux, Bruno Zuculini, Cristian Ferreira, Jorge Carrascal, Federico Girotti, Lucas Beltrán and Benjamín Rollheiser.
In this way, with the names that exist, the team against Banfield will not be an alternative, but the Doll will arm a mix between holders and substitutes.
As happens 48 hours before all the matches for the Professional League Cup, River’s team once again swabbed for the game this Friday against Banfield, at Florencio Sola. And the results were negative, which generated peace of mind.
Also included in the tests were Paulo Díaz and Robert Rojas, who got off the plane after participating with their national teams in the South American Qualifiers and passed through the Ezeiza site.
Meanwhile, there was concern for Nicolás De La Cruz, since several members of the Uruguayan delegation tested positive for Covid-19. It was tested by its selection and the result was “no detectable”. Anyway, will be tested again on the weekend, along with the entire River team, in the previous match against Atlético Paranaense for the Copa Libertadores.