River plays this Thursday the first leg of the CONMEBOL Libertadores Cup quarterfinals against Nacional de Montevideo and, at the time of the game, still has the unknown about how it will make up for the loss of Enzo Pérez.
The midfielder, who is fundamental in the generation of the team’s game, the entire series will almost certainly be lost because he tested positive for COVID-19 last Monday.
As a result of this contagion, the River medical department decided as a precaution that the squad not concentrate, to prevent the players from being in contact in a closed space and, instead, they will meet on Thursday at the Monumental, three hours before of the match to travel to the Avellaneda stadium.
Regarding the options that Marcelo Gallardo handles for his starting eleven, the specialist of SportsCenter, Javier Gil Navarro, He explained that the DT could simply change position by position, with Santiago Sosa, Bruno Zuculini and Leo Ponzio as candidates, although the latter would have more chances to start, despite having played last Saturday against Godoy Cruz.
Another alternative would be for the DT to leave a line four at the bottom and make a double five, between Ponzio and Zuculini, probably.
And a more daring alternative would be, the line of four, a single central midfielder to put an offensive trident for Julián Álvarez. In Thursday’s test, the one who left the team was Nacho Fernández.
In this way, River’s starting eleven this Thursday, from 9:30 p.m. (BUE) against Nacional would be: Franco Armani; Gonzalo Montiel, Paulo Díaz, Robert Rojas, Javier Pinola, Milton Casco; Ponzio or Zuculini; Ignacio Fernández, Nicolás De La Cruz; Rafael Borré and Matías Suárez.