Oscar Romero came to Mouth promising “100% professionalism” and it didn’t take him long to show that there was nothing exaggerated in his words. Sebastián Battaglia noticed it in the first training sessions, as well as the rest of his coaching staff, and obviously the Football Council. That is why the Paraguayan immediately got into the starting line-up and did not come out again. Until now? What happened? Injury? Will he be on Sunday before the Student leader? No, was left out of the list of concentrates. He is touched. They take care of him for the superclásico the other Sunday against River.
In yesterday’s practice at the Ezeiza Training Center, the number 11 who plays 10 was not in the team that tried the DT. Instead, along with Cristian Medina, Pol Fernández and Juan Ramírez, the one who was in the main lineup was Aaron Molinas, not so much standing as a hitch but in his usual role of moving close to the other midfielders to play short with them and make circle the ball
Romero’s absence was associated with the wear suffered in recent weeks. Because he went from playing 144 minutes divided into four Qualifying games in the time he was without a club since his departure from San Lorenzo at the end of August to add 174 minutes between Wednesday’s match against Central Córdoba de Rosario and Sunday’s match against Huracán. That is, he played more in five days than in the previous six months. And the series took its toll.
News of his absence from practice immediately reached Paraguay, because Romero was in Guillermo Barros Schelotto’s plans for the last two Qualifying dates that will be played at the end of this month and the list of summoned from abroad was about to come out. In fact, after consulting about the situation of his soccer player, Melli finally included him and in the afternoon the federation announced the summons with Óscar included.
Those summoned from Paraguay for the last double date of the South American Qualifiers.
With Monday’s newspaper in hand, due to the decision to give him the title in two consecutive games due to the need to find the desired level of play, in the Boca bunker in Ezeiza there was no lack of accusing fingers for Battaglia. “Did he break it?” was one of the first questions that were made indoors when they did not see Óscar with his companions.
Although in Boca they do not usually make the medical reports known even if there is a proven muscle injury (Darío Benedetto case), Romero would have an overload on a hamstringwas not going to arrive in perfect condition for this Sunday’s match at UNO and consequently the decision of Battaglia and his coaching staff was directly leave him off the squad list which the club announced in the afternoon.
Those summoned from Boca.
With Romero there are no doubts: if it’s ok, play it safe. In fact, he was the starter in the previous two trials of the week. On Wednesday, he was part of the two teams that the coach tried, both with Pol, Campuzano, Ramírez, Villa and Vázquez and with Medina, Pol, Salvio, Zeballos and Vázquez, always positioned as a hitch. And on Thursday, he appeared with Medina, Pol, Ramírez, Villa and Vázquez.
The importance that the Melli took on for Battaglia is visible to all. In his debut against Central Córdoba for the Argentine Cup, he had mobility, found spaces to play in front of the rival goal and he got tired of putting goal balls to his teammates and leaving them in front of the goalkeeper. Later, against Huracán for the League Cup, he was the best in the first half, with a repertoire similar to that of his first game despite having fewer spaces, and he was seen exhausted in the complement.
And during the practices of the week, it finished melting… Complicated for him to play with Estudiantes, better take care of him for the superclásico against River.