Fausto Vera, an Argentine midfielder hired earlier this week, has already made his debut for Corinthians. The 22-year-old played for 30 minutes in the 2-1 defeat by Atlético-GO, in the Copa do Brasil. With him, Vítor Pereira already sees his cast, previously “short”, increasing.
Fausto’s debut is important not only for the coach, who now has more options in the sector, but also for midfield players like Du Queiroz, who accumulate a high number of matches. The Argentine also joins Maycon, Cantillo, Roni and Giuliano.
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To be complete, however, the midfield is still waiting for the return of Renato Augusto. Timão’s number 8 has been absent for 11 games. He treats an injury to the soleus muscle, already explained by physiotherapist Bruno Mazziotti, and is now in the physical transition phase.
Fausto Vera in action at Atlético-GO 2 x 0 Corinthians in the Copa do Brasil — Photo: Rodrigo Coca/Ag. Corinthians
By increasing the range of options, Fausto Vera can give more breath, even if indirectly, to other midfield players. With that, the wear is less, including preventing injuries, as Vítor Pereira has already regretted this year.
– Injuries start to appear in players we didn’t imagine before, like Du Queiroz. He has to play every three days, non-stop, so he gets injured – said the coach after the defeat to Fluminense, in early July, for the Brasileirão, when the midfielder was absent.
Quoted above, Du Queiroz comes from a large sequence of games. The young player participated in 30 of Vítor Pereira’s 33 matches at Corinthians. Fundamental to what the trainer thinks, Du can get a bigger break now.
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See below the numbers of midfield players with Vítor Pereira:
- Du Queiroz: 30 games and 2,337 minutes (2 games away due to injury);
- Maycon: 18 games and 1,247 minutes (13 games away due to injury);
- Cantillo: 20 games and 1,113 minutes;
- Ron: 17 games and 933 minutes (present in 8 of the last 10 games);
- Giuliano: 28 games and 1,565 minutes (comes from 19 straight games);
- Renato Augusto: 19 games and 1,236 minutes (11 games away due to injury).
Among the options, Du Queiroz is treated as the absolute holder. Maycon was also up for a long period out – he still hasn’t resumed the same level of play.
On the other hand, Cantillo has been gaining prominence. Roni responded when needed. But Giuliano has accumulated 19 matches in a row, with a poor performance in recent games.
Vítor Pereira now has one more option to manage this medium, on the eve of decisive games against Flamengo, for the quarterfinals of Libertadores, in the next two weeks.
Vítor Pereira at Corinthians training before the classic against Santos — Photo: Rodrigo Coca/Ag. Corinthians
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