Peñarol will try this Thursday to turn the key before Athlético Paranaense at the Arena da Baixada stadium and qualify for the final of the CONMEBOL South American Cup. After falling 2-1 in the first leg at their Champion of the Century stadium, Mauricio Larriera’s cast presents a big question in the makeup of his team.
The main question is the health of Walter Gargano, who in the first semifinal was substituted in the 69th minute after taking his right leg several times.
“The change was for tactical reasons and also in a certain sanitary sense,” Larriera commented in a press conference after the defeat by 2 to 1. Then it was learned that the aurinegro footballer dragged a contracture in the soleus, and was not in the squad that on Sunday he played against Boston River for date 3 of the Closing of the Uruguayan Championship.
In case of not being in optimal physical condition, Gargano would be replaced by Damián Musto, but in Peñarol there is confidence that the captain will be at your command and will play from the start.
Kevin Dawson will be in goal, regardless of his performance in the first leg and Neto Volpi’s good performance against Boston River. In defense, Giovanni González will be the right back, and the rear will be made up of Carlos Rodríguez and Gary Kagelmacher.
Juan Manuel Ramos will continue to be the left back, beyond the possibility that Valentín Rodríguez can get into the starting lineup. Another chance for Rodríguez to play from the start would be the departure of Pablo Ceppellini, with Facundo Torres having a more central position.
However, it is most likely that Larriera will choose the same starting team that played the first leg against Paranaense, since it was also confirmed this Wednesday that CONMEBOL decided not to temporarily suspend Agustín Canobbio, who had an adverse result in an anti-doping control of August.
In this way, the probable eleven of Peñarol will be with Dawson on the bow; the defense formed by González, Carlos Rodríguez, Kagelmacher and Juan Ramos; Canobbio, Gargano, Jesús Trindade, Pablo Ceppelini and Torres; and Agustín Álvarez Martínez.