(EFE) – San Lorenzo de Almagro, which was one step away from qualifying for the CONMEBOL Libertadores group stage but fell to Santos in Phase 3, will debut this Wednesday in Group A of the South American Cup with several losses against Huachipato from Chile, who will try to keep up with his fifth appearance.
San Lorenzo, champion of this tournament in 2002 and of the Libertadores in 2014, will not be able to count four players who were infected with coronavirus: the full-backs Andrés Herrera and Víctor Salazar, the defender Federico Gattoni and the midfielder Manuel Insaurralde. Field aide Walter Ribonetto also has covid-19.
Another absent will be left-back Gabriel Rojas, sent off against Santos.
In addition, forward Franco Di Santo, with a past at Chelsea, Schalke 04 and Werder Bremen, is out due to injury.
The multiple absences in the defensive zone forces the coach to consider as a starter Diego Braghieri, who has not yet fully recovered from an injury.
The Cyclone tied this Saturday 1-1 against Argentinos Juniors and was fourth in Zone A of the League Cup.
The azulgrana team occupies the last qualifying place for the quarterfinals with four days to go to the end of the first phase.
San Lorenzo reached the Sudamericana by falling in Phase 3 of the Libertadores, Huachipato, on the other hand, did so by eliminating the Chilean Antofagasta in Phase 1 of this tournament.
The two-time Chilean champion (1974 and 2002) disputes his fifth South American.
In 2020, the black-blue lost in Phase 2 to Fenix from Uruguay.
Huachipato is sixth in the Chilean tournament with five points, four behind the leader Universidad de Chile.
The team led by Juan Luvera has just beaten Ñublense 5-3, is undefeated (one victory and two draws) and played one game less than the rest.
The other members of Group A are Rosario Central and 12 de Octubre.
SAN LORENZO: José Devecchi; Gino Peruzzi, Alejandro Donatti, Diego Braghieri, Pittón; Óscar Romero, Jalil Elías, Juan Ramírez; Ángel Romero, Franco Troyansky and Nicolás Fernández. Coach: Diego Dabove.
HUACHIPATO: Gabriel Castellón; Juan Córdova, Ignacio Tapia, Nicolás Ramírez, Cristian Cuevas; Claudio Sepúlveda, Javier Altamirano, Israel Poblete; Walter Mazzantti, Maxi Rodríguez and Cris Martínez. Coach: Juan Luvera.
REFEREE: the Colombian Carlos Betancur, assisted by his compatriots Dionisio Ruiz and Richard Ortiz.
STADIUM: ‘New Gasometer’ Pedro Bidegain, from Buenos Aires.
HOUR: 19.15 from Argentina (18:15 from Chile)