The campus of River plate that Marcelo drives Gallant met this afternoon at the Monumental for testing and with at least two players and four positive collaborators began the preparation for the start of the preseason.
The players were tested in batches since yesterday for those who had close contacts and today for the rest of the squad and coaching staff, who remain concentrated if the respective analyzes are negative.
“There are contagions, it was what was expected, but we are analyzing every case by case to determine who travels to the preseason according to specific cases, that is why they will be known at night,” they assured from the Monumental.
The players who tested positive are going to be isolated in Buenos Aires while the rest travel tomorrow to a resort hotel in San Martín de los Andes from January 10 to 18, with triple shift training with a health corridor.
In addition, after the work in the south, the idea is to free the players but in family bubbles since there will be two friendlies at the Maldonado Campus in Uruguay, on January 25 and 28 against Barracas Central and Estudiantes de la Plata.
The professionals who are going to start the preseason with special care because they come from injuries are Enzo Pérez who had a dislocation in his elbow, Matías Suárez who underwent knee surgery and Nicolás de la Cruz who suffered a thrombosis.
River will prepare for a triple competition that includes the local tournament that starts the first week of February, the Copa Argentina where it will play against Deportivo Laferrere, no date, and the opening phase of the Copa Libertadores in March.
Before the tests, the medical examination was carried out Emanuel Mammana who this week left Zenith of Russia and is one of the incorporations of the team, where he had made his debut in 2014 under the guidance of Marcelo Gallardo, as DT.
“I am very happy to have this opportunity, a lot of effort was made to get to this, and it is always very nice to come home,” Mammana said in a dialogue with ESPN before entering to undergo medical studies.
Then, the 26-year-old player added: “I thank you for all the affection of the River people who have come to me in the last few hours, now it’s up to me to answer them, I’m going to leave everything on the pitch for the club that I love.”
Mammana is one of the new faces for this season who joins those who have already passed the medical examination: midfielder Tomás Pochettino who came on loan from MLS Austín FC and central defender Leandro González Pírez who has just performed a great tournament at Inter Miami.
The other confirmed reinforcement is the return of Juan Fernando Quintero although there is still no precise date of when he will join the squad, since he is in Colombia and was cited for a friendly of the national team against Honduras on January 18.
Likewise, his departure from Shenzhen, which has already been agreed, has not closed the mode of operation since he has two years of contract in the Chinese club left and the new investors did not decide what they will do with the player’s file.
While the River leadership is working for the arrival of a goalkeeper before the casualties of Germán Lux and Enrique Bologna, since in the squad besides Franco Armani there are only Franco Petroli and Ezequiel Centurión returned from Estudiantes de Buenos Aires, where he had a very good performance with 14 unbeaten hurdles in 32 games, in a team that had a poor campaign in the First National
As for the rest of the casualties, Tomás Galván went on loan to Defense and Justice, the same will happen with Agustín Fontana and it remains to be known what will happen to Federico Girotti who could go to play in Spain.
Finally, Jonatan Maidana signed their contracts until December 2022, David Martínez, on a loan for a season with an option to purchase to Defense and Justice, and until December 2024 Paulo Díaz, Felipe Peña and Santiago Simón signed.
Finally, Fabricio Bustos’ pass fell because although there was an agreement between the clubs, the player and his representative Nazareno Marcollese did not resolve the contractual issues with Independiente and the full-back will stay at the Avellaneda club for now.