River Plate defined the 11 for the first leg of the last 16 of the CONMEBOL Libertadores Cup against Argentinos Juniors, with some variants of Marcelo Gallardo.
Armani; Montiel, Díaz, Martínez and Casco; Palavecino, Pérez, De La Cruz; Álvarez, Romero and Suárez. That was the formation that the coach chose for the first leg against Argentinos Juniors.
Fontana suffered a blow to the knee in the last preseason friendly in Orlando and will not be there. This opened the doors for Romero, who is well regarded by Gallardo and his coaching staff for the rapid adaptation, to make his official debut with the River jersey as a starter for the Copa Libertadores.
The three players who were champions of the Copa América, Franco Armani, Gonzalo Montiel and Julián Álvarez, will go from the start at the Monumental.
River will receive Argentinos Juniors this Wednesday at the Monumental stadium from 9:30 p.m., with a live broadcast of ESPN.