River returns to work with absences

River Plate will return to training tomorrow with almost half of the starting team absent since Julián Álvarez, Franco Armani, Nicolás de la Cruz, David Martinez and Paulo Díaz are linked to their respective national teams for the FIFA date.

DT Marcelo Gallardo, recently arrived from Paris, where he witnessed the Champions League final between Real Madrid and Liverpool, will have to work with an alternative formation to play next Sunday against Defense and Justice in Florencio Varela for the first date of the League Professional.

The summoned soccer players will return between June 6 and 7, so that they will be available for the second date with Atlético Tucumán at the Monumental.

The “millionaire” squad will train at the River Camp in Ezeiza and among the novelties will be the presence of Colombian Juan Fernando Quintero and Matías Suárez, both recovered from their injuries, and the return of Lucas Beltrán, for whom the return clause was executed on his loan to Colón de Santa Fe.

Suárez and Quintero, who suffered tears in their right soleus and left hamstring respectively, should be discharged these days as they have already exceeded the estimated time for their differentiated work.

The striker was injured before the trip to Fortaleza on May 4 and the recovery was going to take between two and three weeks, but due to his physical problems they decided to wait a while longer, so he will only work with the ball this week.

Meanwhile, Juanfer had a tear on April 13 last and when he was going to play again on May 17 he repeated the injury, so the idea is that before the weekend they test him to see if he concentrates or they take care of him for the second date against Atlético Tucumán.

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River has scheduled 6 games in June for the 5 dates of the League and the first leg of the Copa Libertadores against Vélez in Liniers, although a new commitment could be added if the crossing with Barracas Central for the Argentine Cup is scheduled.

As for Beltrán, River has already informed Colón that he will make use of the repechage clause of the loan that ends at the end of the year.

In this way, the Santa Fe club will receive 5 percent of the sale value in the event of a transfer in the next year of the striker’s contract, who played the entire group stage of the Libertadores as the starter.

The 21-year-old striker who made his debut at River in December 2018, was transferred on loan to “Sabalero” in June of last year and throughout the season he played 38 games, 21 starts, and scored 6 goals.

Finally, regarding the reinforcement that River is looking for due to the departure of Julián Álvarez, who will leave after the eighth of the Libertadores, the first week of July, a possibility was opened by Valentín Castellanos, from the United States Major League Soccer. .

The Argentine striker, who already spoke with Gallardo and showed his interest in playing for River last semester, was ruled out as a reinforcement by West Ham in the Premier League due to the lack of a community passport.

New York City intends to sell it for 15 million dollars and will continue to wait for offers from the European market, but the lack of a passport works in favor of River, which has already made a couple of offers in December 2021.

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The other players who interested River (Lucas Alario, Rogelio Funes Mori, Sebastián Driussi, Miguel Ángel Borja and José López) were ruled out due to refusals from the clubs or the players themselves. (Telam)