With just a few days left until the premiere of Fluminense At the Club World Cup, one question remains: who will be the starter at right-back? This is because, in theory, the vacancy belongs to Samuel Xavier. But Guga’s competition appears strong to start the match on the 18th, against Al-Ittihad, Al Ahly or Auckland City. Training in Saudi Arabia will weigh in on the condition of both.
Samuel Xavier leaves the field crying after suffering an injury
The explanation is worth it: in theory, the holder of the position is Samuel Xavier. However, he suffered a sprain in his right knee in the final rounds of the Brazilian Championship and has not played in official games since. He is physically fit, but his lack of game rhythm will be assessed.
Samuel Xavier was listed for the match against Grêmio, in the 38th round, at Maracanã, but did not enter the field. There was even a plan for him to gain minutes, but the course of the match ended up postponing his return. Still, he is the favorite to start playing.
Guga is the one taking advantage of this situation, who assumed the position during his absence. The assessment is that he got the job done when necessary, including when replacing Samuel Xavier in the Conmebol Libertadores final, against Boca Juniors. In other words, it is a “positive headache” for coach Fernando Diniz.
O Fluminense travels to Saudi Arabia on the night of December 12th. Training in Jeddah should begin on the 14th. Tricolor’s debut in the Club World Cup will be on the 18th, with no opponent yet defined — Auckland City, Al-Ittihad and Al Ahly are possible candidates.
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