El Oso will not be available for the match against San Pablo. And the forward is a sector in which Gallardo does not have too many options.
He Bear mode exploded in Madrid. And since the final on December 9 against Boca, Lucas Pratto is a millionaire hero. No one will be able to argue with that concept, not even those who saw him as a villain against Flamengo, when he lost a ball that ended in the draw of the Brazilians, then champions thanks to another definition from Gabigol. And even though It has been 466 days since he scored a goal -the last time was on May 30, 2019 against Atlético Paranaense in the South American Recopa-, the forward had made an effort to reach the full resumption of the Libertadores. But it will not be possible.
Pratto suffered a distension in the hamstring of his right leg during Monday’s practice at River Camp and not only was he ruled out for the match against Saint Paul, on September 17 in Morumbí; it is also difficult for him to recover to play against Binational, on the 22nd in Lima.
It is a sensitive loss for Marcelo Gallardo, beyond that it was not going to be from the game because the starting attackers are Rafael Santos Borré and Matías Suárez. Of course: in the future it can be a problem. What will happen if the Colombian emigrates to Atlético de Madrid, which has a priority to buy back 50% of the pass at 7 million euros? In addition, the Doll It no longer has Ignacio Scocco, who decided to go to Newell’s.
The injury comes at a time when Pratto was training with maximum demand. The OSo he found a new motivation, just when he thought he could leave Núñez. In June, after many rumors, he confirmed his stay with the red band. Although he clarified: “I am a player who needs continuity to get well, I need three or four games, hopefully I can have more continuity than I had. It is not easy for us to be unemployed for so long, I have suffered it for a year. Since the back injury I had no preseason and it cost me a lot ”.
With Pratto discarded, Gallardo it only has three forwards. The aforementioned Santos Borré and Suárez plus Julián Alvarez, whom the award-winning coach had planned to include as a right-hand midfielder. The other attack men are two kids: Federico Girotti (21 years old) and Lucas Beltran (19), both with little filming.
Between Thursday and Friday, soccer practices will begin. Given the impossibility of playing friendlies, there will be a match against the Reserve, whose players at this time underwent swabs. A formation to play with San Pablo appears: Franco Armani; Gonzalo Montiel, Robert Rojas, Lucas Martínez Quarta, Milton Casco; Enzo Pérez; Julián Álvarez, Nacho Fernández, Nicolás De La Cruz; Santos Borré and Suárez.
Paulo Díaz, recovering from a strained right calf, is an alternative if the manager decides to bet on a line of five. Another option is Javier Pinola.