Final TournamentFriday, February 14, 2014
Bianchi to repeat team without Riquelme
Racing’s Rentería out for rest of season
Juan Román Riquelme will not be included for Boca Juniors’ match against Belgrano on Sunday as coach Bianchi trained with the same team that drew with Newell’s last week. Racing’s new signing, Wason Rentería, will miss the rest of the season due to a torn ligament of his left knee.
Boca Juniors will play against Belgrano on Sunday at La Bombonera stadium for the second round of the Final Tournament with the same team that drew 0-0 with Newell’s last week, and without Juan Román Riquelme.
The playmaker, who intensified his training during the week to play at least some minutes in the second half, will not be part of the squad and, apparently, he will only be fit for the fourth round against Estudiantes de La Plata.
Riquelme, who suffered an injury on November 24 last year and accumulates 81 days without playing, trained yesterday as he had done during the week, while his teammates attended the formal soccer practice.
The first team defeated the reserves 3-0 with goals scored by Emmanuel Gigliotti (twice) and Juan Sánchez Miño.
Meanwhile, in La Plata, Juan Sebastián Verón, captain and idol of Estudiantes, will return tomorrow when the “Pincha” visits All Boys in Floresta. The former Argentina international trained with the rest of the squad yesterday and was fully fit.
The “Brujita” (Little Wizard), who did not suffer any injuries during the summer pre-season, will replace Román Martínez in the first team.
Riquelme and Verón are two of the most experienced players in the Argentine league, though they suffered injuries constantly during the season that kept them off the field.
RENTERÍA’S INJURY. Racing’s new signing Wason Rentería suffered a torn ligament in his left knee and will be sidelined for eight months, said the club’s doctor Javier Swiatlo.
The Colombian striker, who has still not made his debut since his arrival this pre-season, had picked up an injury on Wednesday, but it seemed to be just a sprain.
“I went to the hotel today and I talked to the player. He was very sad,” said Swiatlo.
Coach Reinaldo “Mostaza” Merlo will talk with club president Víctor Blanco as to if they will try to sign another attacker to replace the 28-year-old Colombian.
Racing, which started its campaign with a 3-0 victory over Colón at home, will visit San Lorenzo tomorrow at the Nuevo Gasómetro stadium.
San Lorenzo, who lost against Olimpo on Friday and against Botafogo for the Libertadores Cup on Tuesday, will count on new signing Carlos Valdés, who will make his debut with the club.
Today, Godoy Cruz and Quilmes will open the second round of the tournament at 7.15pm in Mendoza. In the National B Division, Independiente will host Boca Unidos at 9.30pm, while Gimnasia (Jujuy) will play against Independiente Mendoza at the same time.
Herald with agencies