Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Gago returns for Boca - Estudiantes in Copa de Oro

Fernando Gago (photo from

Ahead of Saturday's next edition of the Superclásico against archrivals River Plate, Boca Juniors are facing Estudiantes in their last match of the friendly tournament Copa de Oro tonight.

The game which takes place at 2:10am CET tomorrow morning (10:10pm Argentine time), will see Boca field a mix between regulars and talents. This is due to multiple reasons. While the likes of Carlos Tévez and Dani Osvaldo are obviously rested for the clash against River, multiple others are suspended from the last Superclásico.

In a game, that had three Boca players (and one River player) sent off, Jonathan Silva, Daniel Diaz and Gino Peruzzi all picked up respective suspensions and will not be able to play tonight. 

Surprisingly included in the matchday squad is former Real Madrid midfielder Fernando Gago, who suffered a longterm achilles injury and was supposed to be out much longer than just four months. Gago will hope to get a few minutes of playing time.

On the other side, Estudiantes will be without their striker Lucas Viatri, formerly Boca, due to a sprained ankle.The 28-year old hopes to return against Gimnasia y Esgrima next Sunday.

Their last game ended in a big come-from-behind win over Copa Libertadores participant Racing Club.

The probable formations for tonight look as follows:

Estudiantes: Mariano Andujar; Facundo Sanchez, Jonatan Schunke, Leandro Desábato, Lucas Diarte; Santiago Ascacíbar, Israel Damonte; Augusto Solari, Gaston Fernandez, Elijah Umeres, Carlos Auzqui. Coach: Nelson Vivas.

Boca: Guillermo Sara; Leonardo Jara, Lisandro Magallan, Fernando Tobio Nicolas Colazo; Pablo Perez, Adrian Cubas, Federico Carrizo; Alexis Messidoro; Cristian Chavez and Andres Pavon. Coach: Rodolfo Arruabarrena.


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