The good and bad news that Marcelo Gallardo received regarding the definition of the Professional League

Gallardo will have to make a change in the defense for the clash against Patronato (Fotobaires) (Juan Jose Garcia /)

The coach of River Plate, Marcelo Gallardo, had bad news this Monday when the tear of Paulo Díaz, but the good news was that no complications were found in Robert Rojas. Both were replaced in the match against Estudiantes in La Plata. With the loss of the Chilean, the Doll will have to reassemble the pieces in the last line, something that has been doing for several dates due to complications due to injuries in the team that leads the Professional League

Diaz’s case occurred in the precompetitive warm-up, where he accused a muscular discomfort that prevented him from being part of the starting team. His replacement was Felipe Peña Biafore. The trans-Andean central marker had been chosen by Gallardo to be part of the starting eleven, although he felt a discomfort in his right foot and had to watch the match from the outside.

The other complication arose with Rojas, who had to leave the playing field in the 75th minute and was replaced by Fabricio Angileri. The Guaraní defender has been acting as a right-back and did another good job in which he was a scorer again (as against Talleres de Córdoba) and scored his team’s goal in the first half epilogue, with a header at the start of a corner kick.

This Monday the millionaire squad had the day off and the two players were subjected to studies to check their situation. There it was found that Díaz has a tear and will be out for 15 days for Núñez’s team.

The Chilean defender had suffered an injury three weeks ago in the same sector, when he played for his selection for the South American Qualifiers and when he returned from the October FIFA date, he could not be for the matches against San Lorenzo and Talleres. However, the defender had just joined the starting eleven against Argentinos Juniors, the previous Monday, where he completed the 90 minutes.

Rojas, meanwhile, had to leave the court also due to a muscular overload in his right adductor (like Diaz), but unlike the Chilean he did not suffer any type of injury and is available to the squad.

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Robert Rojas’ departure from the field of play for his discomfort in the right adductor

The two international defenders established themselves on the baseline in the last matches of the team led by Gallardo, particularly in the streak where the level of play increased and the streak of eight wins in a row and the top of the championship came. That clean and jerk of triumphs was cut off this Sunday with the tie (1-1) against Estudiantes.

Although this scenario is not new to the Doll. Throughout 2021 he had to deal with injuries or at the time with the COVID-19 outbreaks that in May, for example, led to the elimination against Boca Juniors in the League Cup or to present a team without substitutes and with Enzo. Pérez in the goal in the group zone of the Copa Libertadores.

However, the injuries continued to hit the squad in charge of Gallardo, who despite the complications always managed to find alternatives either with the promotion of reserve players or empowering others, as in the case of Rojas, who hit a quality jump in the second semester.

After the rest day, this Tuesday the millionaire team will return to training at the River Camp and are summoned at 9.00 in the morning at the Ezeiza campus. There Gallardo and his coaching staff will begin to outline the eleven that will go out to face Patronato de Paraná next Sunday (20.15) at the Monumental Stadium.


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