Leonardo Ponzio will not travel to the United States with River’s squad to carry out the preseason, since the club’s medical staff detected that the midfielder suffers from myocarditis, a consequence of having been infected with Covid-19 last month. The footballer will not be able to train until he can overcome the condition.
“Leonardo Ponzio has been diagnosed with myocarditis due to the contagion of Covid and will have to rest sports in Argentina until his recovery,” River reported on his official Twitter account. In this way, the 39-year-old midfielder will not be part of the delegation that will travel to Orlando this Friday to carry out the preseason.
Ponzio was one of the 22 River footballers who became infected with coronavirus in the outbreak that the squad suffered in May. His positive was confirmed on Monday 17, a day after the game that River lost to Boca on penalties in the quarterfinals of the Professional League Cup and in which the central midfielder had started. Since then, Ponzio had not played again, as he was suffering from the disease when Marcelo Gallardo’s team played their last two group stage matches, against Independiente Santa Fe and Fluminense.
Myocarditis, an inflammation of the heart muscle that can cause an arrhythmia, is the same condition that Chilean Paulo Díaz had, another of the infected River players, which prevented him from participating with his team in the Copa América. The same sequel after recovering from the disease had Gimnasia striker Lucas Barrios and Boca midfielder Edwin Cardona.