The cross between Boca Juniors and River Plate for the quarterfinals of the League Cup is just around the corner. With Sebastián Villa, Frank Fabra, Carrascal and Borré as prominent Colombian participants, Edwin Cardona does not want to miss the party and may return to the field of play after a long absence.
April 17, Boca Juniors vs. Athletic Tucuman. That day was the last time that Cardona wore the Xeneize shirt, but on the substitute bench. The Colombian did not enter the victory of his team 3-1 at La Bombonera in the pre-match against The Strongest in Bolivia.
Since then, Cardona suffered from a muscular problem and was positive for coronavirus. Added to that, when he recovered, the Colombian was detected a myocarditis that delayed his return for another 15 days. Now, with his sights on River, the midfielder joined the group’s work and appears as a possibility to play a few minutes against the Millionaire.
But, Why is Cardona so important in Boca? The Colombian had outstanding performances in 2021 with Boca, which began with the great goal he scored against Banfield in the final of the Maradona Cup. Stopped ball, middle distance, key assists, time management. Some topics in which Edwin excels and contributes to Russo’s team.
Cardona became the soccer leader of the Xeneize team, which had its maximum expression in that 7-1 against Vélez in Liniers. That day, the midfielder scored a free kick below the barrier and distributed two assists to close out a round match.
Since 2021 began, Cardona accumulates seven assists and three goals, two of them from a free kick. His presence was a fixed one and the same Colombian began to achieve strong alliances with Sebastián Villa, Frank Fabra and Carlos Tevez to unbalance in attack.
With his prolonged absence, Russo found in Varela-Medina-Almendra a midfield that can provide the football that Edwin knew how to demonstrate, so a combination with these three players would give Boca Juniors superior ball handling.
As a link, midfielder on the left or inside, Cardona can surprise the Doll Gallardo and make their surprise appearance in the Superclásico that will define the semi-finalist of the League Cup.