Another muscle injury in River: Maidana suffered a strain

Faced with a string of matches as important as the one he is experiencing River in April, the ideal is not to lose players due to muscle injuries. But unfortunately for Marcelo Gallardo and company, that is a bit far from happening and the infirmary added its fifth member this Friday in just two weeks: Jonathan Maidana suffered a left adductor strain and is added to the list that already had written down to Esequiel Barco, Javier Pinola, Juanfer Quintero and Julián Álvarezall with muscular drawbacks.

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Joni accumulates 339' in the semester (River Press).

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After practice this Friday morning, in which the squad only did light work, the defender felt discomfort in the area and spoke with the medical staff. Although at first it was painted to be simply an overload, Joni underwent medical tests and the diagnosis confirmed that she will have between 10 and 14 days to recover.which will force him to miss at least three matches: Atletico Tucuman (this Sunday), colo colo (next Wednesday) and Sarmiento (4/30). We will have to wait for its evolution to know if it reaches Fortress (5/5) and Platense (8/5).

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The concern, however, goes beyond that. In a context in which the levels of the spare players are low (they were exposed in the game against Workshops two days ago), Gallardo loses the one who was the best and had earned the place of first replacement in the central marker position. So with Leandro Gonzalez Pirez still recovering after his mistake against Mouth Y Emmanuel Mama adding minutes little by little, the DT was left with a significant disproportion between the pair Paulo Diaz-David Martinez and their hypothetical replacements in these two weeks.

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In addition, without the two-time champion of America, The Dummy will not be able to rotate to the entire defense if he wishes to do the same as vs. Workshops in one of the next meetings: should repeat at least one starter (Rojas is added to the list of players with muscle injuries, with a fractured tibia and fibula).

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“It is difficult to anticipate injuries,” MG had assured after the match against Talleres, in which maidana he completed the 90′ ​​in the central defense with Gonzalez Pirez. Although Joni adds much fewer minutes in the semester than the one who arrived this year from Inter Miami (339′ to 609′), his job and experience make up for his age and lack of continuity: he showed to continue with the same timing as always for crosses and with strength in the brand.

A drop that greatly influences the layout of this intense final stretch of the semester, with many games together between April and May…

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The situations of Álvarez and Barco

The scorer continues with his evolutionary rhythm after muscular overload in both hamstrings and has a chance to return this Sunday (7:00 p.m.) against the Dean. Although he went to the bench against Banfield and got on the plane to visit Talleres, Gallardo did not see it 100% and did not add minutes. “We decided to preserve him. He was fit to play, but it was a risk that he did not want to commit and I preferred that he have a few days of recovery for the games to come,” assured the Doll. In this way, it will be necessary to know if he arrives to be at the Monumental from the beginning or if he adds minutes in the second stage.

Julian recovers (EFE).

Julian recovers (EFE).

On Barco’s side, the good news is that he intensified the loads in training this Friday and his physical response left the coaching staff with very good feelings. Although he was not discharged, a fact that would happen next Monday or Tuesday, the offensive midfielder maintains chances of being part of the delegation that travels to Chile to face Colo Colo for the third date of the Copa Libertadores and even to be a starter in Wednesday’s game.

Ship could travel to Chile (Prensa River).

Ship could travel to Chile (Prensa River).

That he is not ruled out for the game in Santiago speaks of the very good evolution that Esequiel has been showing: At the time of the match, he will only have been 17 days since his injury against Argentinos in the right biceps femoris, when tears usually require a minimum recovery time of three weeks. Anyway, Gallardo could recover a player who had been important in the starting team: he has accumulated 649 ‘since his arrival and nine of the 10 times he played he did so from the start.

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