Genoa – The emergency at Sampdoria continues. AND Pirlo studies possible variations, such as the three-man defence. The redemption match against Lecco is being prepared at Mugnaini. But no good news comes from the infirmary. Vieira’s stopas expected it will be long. Pedrola brakes: his return will almost certainly be postponed. Even for Benedetti we still have to wait. And Kasami also needs to be evaluated. The only return will be Murru, already on the bench in Brescia and now ready to play from the 1st minute. And the mix between the return of the captain and the absence of Vieira in the middle may lead Pirlo to consider changes to the formation.
The instrumental tests to which the English midfielder underwent after the Rigamonti injury highlighted a second-degree lesion of the adductor longus of the right thigh. Vieira will return in 2024, it will take at least a month and a half to see him back on the pitch, we hope to have him back in the second half of January. For now Ronnie continues treatment at Mugnaini: his condition will be re-evaluated in 20 days. While between now and Saturday we will understand better how Kasami is. The Swiss only worked in the gym yesterday as a precaution, we expect to have him against Lecco but more will be known today.
For the match against Bonazzoli, Pirlo hoped he could get Pedrola back. The Spaniard returned to the group on Monday and Tuesday but yesterday he slowed down and only trained in the gym. After the first injury to the right thigh flexor, suffered against Catanzaro and the relapse against Cosenza, this time we proceed with cautious feet. The competitive recovery process is not completed, Pedrola probably needs a little more time, they don’t want to take any risks and barring any twists and turns, his return to the pitch will go until after Lecco. Benedetti certainly won’t be there on Saturday as he works at high intensity on the field, but with an individual program. Personalized sessions on the Mugnaini lawn also for Barreca and Malagrida, who continue their respective recovery processes.
And again, in addition to the long-term players Ferrari and Borini, Pirlo will also have to do without the wildcard Depaoli, who is disqualified, against Lecco.
And so, as mentioned, the emergency and Murru’s return could lead Pirlo to change something. From Cosenza onwards, the Maestro has aimed for 4-3-2-1. But in the last match with Murru on the pitch, in Ascoli, he played with a three-man defence. A solution that Pirlo doesn’t like but which he could also consider for Saturday, with Ghilardi, Gonzalez and Murru. Apart from the defeat in Brescia, the three-man midfield with Kasami, Yepes and Vieira was working very well. But without the Englishman and with the Swiss not at the top, we could move to a two-man midfield, in a sort of 3-4-2-1, with Verre and Esposito behind one of De Luca (favourite) and La Gumina. If the 4-3-2-1 is confirmed, however, Murru would take the place away from one of Gonzalez or Giordano. While in the middle, they would be playing for a shirt from Askildsen, who took over from Vieira in Brescia but was disappointing, or Girelli, ex Lecco, protagonist last year in the ride towards Serie B.
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