Pumas recovered two very important players in his scheme: central Nicolás Freire and offensive midfielder Washington Corozo
MEXICO – After a bad start to the tournament, which was aggravated by numerous casualties due to injury and illness and also the sale of Johan Vásquez to Genoa of Italy, finally Andres Lillini begins to see the light at the end of the tunnel.
The midweek penalty series win against NYFC in Leagues Cup gave the coach a break Cougars, a much needed victory in which his players ran to hug him in the center of the field to show support in his most critical stage at the head of Club Universidad.
Lillini was also able to celebrate her 47th birthday on Friday in the company of the team in Cantera, where players, staff and managers celebrated the feline coach.
What’s more, This week he has recovered in less time than expected two very important players in his scheme: central Nicolás Freire and offensive midfielder Washington Corozo, who advanced their estimated recovery by one week after suffering muscle injuries 15 days ago.
Both Freire and Corozo are in the call and aim to play today against Queretaro on Date 4 of the Apertura 2021, although perhaps not to play the 90 minutes.
Meanwhile, goalkeeper Alfredo Talavera could return within a week if his recovery from the COVID-19 that he contracted after returning from the Gold Cup in the United States allows it and presents a negative test, while the board has already been polling in South America for 10 days the possible replacement of Johan Vásquez.
The feline leaders are looking for a central defender with a right profile who can reach the University Club even in definitive purchase, after entering 3.5 million dollars to the coffers for the sale of the 22-year-old defender to Genoa, an operation of which Pumas will keep 50 percent of the pass for a future sale of Vásquez.
Under these circumstances, the only long-term loss in the team is that of midfielder Carlos Gutiérrez, who will be out for at least three more months due to a fractured left fibula suffered in the preseason.
With a start to the tournament that has him in the penultimate position after three days, the product of a 0-0 draw against Atlas and 2-0 and 3-1 defeats against Monterrey and San Luis, respectively, Pumas is urgent for a victory this late at the University Olympic Games so as not to continue lagging behind in the General Table and to give his coach more oxygen