Very hard blow for Athlético Paranaense, River rival in the Copa Libertadores: six players, with Covid-19

The players will not be in the clash on Tuesday. Among those who are left out is the figure of the team.

A news tonight shook the tranquility of the previous one before the clash between Athlético Paranaense and River. The Brazilian team confirmed six cases of players with Covid-19 who will not be able to be present in the duel this Tuesday from 7.15pm in Coritiba for the first leg of the round of 16 of the Copa Libertadores (televised ESPN 2).

According to the information disseminated by the Brazilian team through its social networks, the players who gave positive results in the tests were Santos (starting goalkeeper), Jandrei, Zé Ivaldo, Alvarado, Abner (left back) and Nikao, the figure of the team .

From the club they were in charge of remarking that they are taking “all precautions to guarantee the health and safety of all leaders, athletes and family members” in the delegation. The players will be isolated in their homes.

“The CONMEBOL Libertadores protocol, unlike the one applied by the Brazilian Soccer Confederation, requires that tests be carried out for the detection of COVID-19 on all members of the club’s delegation, even those who have already tested positive. And this is the case of some of those mentioned below ”, explained Paranaense when detailing the list of those infected.

Athlético Paranaense came to this duel on the rise, after having been in the relegation zone at the Brasileirao and having gone through a process of changing the technician.

Hand in hand with Paulo Autuori, he had managed to place ninth in the local championship and with measured hopes in the clash against the Copa Libertadores runner-up.

However, two of his players (midfielder Fernando Canesin and forward Geuvanio) had already been reported as positive Covid infections. The rest, until this moment, were awaiting the results of the exams.

Now, this novelty generated commotion and casts doubt on his chances of facing the structured team of Marcelo Gallardo, who will arrive with all his potential.

The situation led to the coach having to consider the possibility of including an old acquaintance of Núñez’s men: Luis González, who had been recovering from a knee injury and only this Monday resumed normal practices.

Among the changes that are emerging in the starting line-up would be the inclusion of Carlos Eduardo or Fabinho to replace Nikao, as well as the entry of the young goalkeeper Bento, a 21-year-old boy who did not even debut in the First Division. While Joao Víctor, barely 18, would be one of the defenders of the left sector.

The rematch will be next Tuesday, December 1, at the Libertadores de América stadium that Independiente has been renting from River since the millionaire club is carrying out reforms in the Monumental. In the next phase, the winner of the series between Independiente del Valle (Ecuador) and Nacional de Uruguay will await.

Brazilian teams are strongly suffering from COVID-19 infections: Palmeiras has already reported 17 positives, while Santos had to isolate 10 of his players and had Cuca, his coach, hospitalized for a week.



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