The alviverde squad is re-presenting this morning to continue training at the Football Academy. Contrary to what happened in the first weeks of the season, when almost the entire group was still on vacation due to the dispute of the Club World Cup and the decision of the Copa do Brasil, Palmeiras will be practically complete.
The confirmed drop is due to the versatile Gabriel Menino, diagnosed with an injury to his right ankle. Although he does not need to undergo surgery, the player will continue in recovery with the medical department and has no set deadline to return to the team. In contrast, midfielder Zé Rafael trained with the ball last Saturday and is expected to travel with the rest of the delegation to Argentina.
Abel Ferreira will have two more days to define the Palmeiras team that faces Defensa y Justicia, in Buenos Aires. The Recopa Sul-Americana is an unprecedented title for the club, since in 2000 – the year after winning its first Libertadores Cup – Verdão was unable to play the tournament due to the interruption of their dispute for Conmebol.
The delegation leaves for the Argentine capital on the eve of departure. On Wednesday, at 9 pm (Brasília time), Palmeiras faces Defensa y Justicia. Current champion of Paulistão, Copa do Brasil and Copa Libertadores, Verdão joins as favorite in the confrontation. The decisive match will take place next week in Brasilia.
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