January 22, 2022 6:48 pm

River returns to work: Marcelo Gallardo’s plan to face the preseason in San Martín de los Andes

The campus of River that drives Marcelo gallardo It will be tested this Sunday at noon together with the coaching staff and collaborators to organize the preseason that will take place from next week in San Martín de los Andes.

The players received the recommendation of the medical body and Gallardo to return a week before the trips and stay in a bubble to lower the chances of contagion of Covid-19 at the beginning of the preparation. Those who test positive tomorrow will be isolated all week in Buenos Aires while the negative ones will be concentrated in a resort hotel in San Martín de los Andes, from January 10 to 18, with triple shift training with a health corridor.

In the midst of the wave of Covid in Argentina, Marcelo Gallardo asked his players to return before their holidays Bruna Prado – Pool AP

In addition, after the work in the South, the idea is to free the players for a few days -in family bubbles-, since there will be two friendlies at the Maldonado Campus in Uruguay, on January 25 and 28, against Barracas Central and Students of the Silver.

The footballers who will start the preseason with differential treatment, because they come from injuries, are Enzo Pérez, who had a dislocation in the elbow; Matías Suárez, who underwent knee surgery, and Nicolás de la Cruz, who suffered a thrombosis. There will also be a special attention on the side Fabrizio Angileri, who had two hamstring tears and his contract situation that could make him a free player in June of this year remains unresolved.

The one that will be in the preseason is Julian Alvarez, and both the leadership and the coaching staff are convinced that the forward is going to stay at the club for at least one more transfer market. The representative of the Argentine soccer striker, Fernando Hidalgo, confirmed that there were meetings in the last week, although no club is in a position to pay the $ 20 million exit clause. “There were several rumors about reaching different European teams, I’m focused on River, we’ll see later. If there is an offer and a good opportunity to make the leap, the decision will be made ”, Álvarez assured in dialogue with the Caracol Radio program.

Julián Álvarez will continue one more season at River, as long as there is no club that pays the contract exit clause for $ 20 million
Julián Álvarez will continue one more season at River, as long as there is no club that pays the contract exit clause for $ 20 millionJam Media – Getty Images South America

On the other hand, regarding the establishment of the campus, Gallardo hopes that this weekend the story of Fabricio Bustos will be defined, for whom River has an agreement with Independiente that includes Alex Vigo in part payment. In any case, both the player and his representative, Nazareno Marcollese, did not resolve contractual issues with Rojo related to the possibility of the player being released in June of this year.

What’s more, River’s leadership is about to agree on the arrival of a goalkeeper Before the casualties of Germán Lux and Enrique Bologna, since in the squad -in addition to Franco Armani- there are Franco Petroli and the return of Ezequiel Centurión from Estudiantes de Caseros.

Of the new faces that are going to travel to the preseason are the steering wheel Tomás Pochettino, who came on loan from MLS’s Austin FC, and the center backs Emanuel Mammana (free from Zenit of Russia) and Leandro González Pirez. The latter, who is coming off a great season at Inter Miami, underwent a medical check-up on Saturday morning, while Mammana -who had a year with injuries that prevented him from playing often- will have a check-up prior to the swabs.

Emanuel Mammana returned to River from Russia and will be with the squad this Sunday
Emanuel Mammana returned to River from Russia and will be with the squad this SundayIcon Sportswire – Icon Sportswire

The other confirmed return and reinforcement is Juan Fernando Quintero, although there is still no precise date of when he will join the squad. The offensive midfielder is in Colombia and was summoned for an international friendly by his country’s team (against Honduras, on January 16, in Fort Lauderdale, United States). His departure from Shenzhen has already been agreed, but Quintero has two years left on his contract at the Chinese club and the new investors did not decide whether to give it a loan, leave it free or sell the federative rights.

As for the rest of the casualties, Tomás Galván went on loan to Defense and Justice and it remains to be known the future of the forwards Agustín Fontana -with chances of joining the Halcón de Varela- and Federico Girotti, who could go to play in Spain .


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