After a Covid-19 outbreak in the team, River Plate will be forced to play Wednesday’s Copa Libertadores match with no recognized goalkeepers. Twenty River players, including all of their qualifying goalkeepers, have tested positive for Covid-19 in recent days.
As a result, the team’s boss, Marcelo Gallardo, will only have 10 healthy players for the match against Colombia’s Independiente Santa Fe. Santa Fe is dealing with its issues, having recently reported five positive cases of Covid-19.
Enzo Pérez, a 5ft 10in the midfielder, will fill in as an emergency goalkeeper, the club announced on Tuesday. Pérez had been ruled out with a hamstring injury, but considering the desperate conditions, the club considered him fit enough to play in goal. Just six of the team’s remaining available players have played in a Premier League match.
Despite the unusual conditions, Conmebol, the tournament’s governing body, rejected Argentina’s request. The request was rejected to add two junior goalkeepers from their backup roster. Alan Leonardo Daz and Agustin Gómez. Daz, who turned 18 on Sunday, made his debut when the team recorded 15 positive Covid cases ahead of a cup match against River’s archrivals, Boca Juniors. The river was unable to break the tie due to penalties.
In South America, this epidemic comes as no surprise. Argentina is being devastated by Covid-19. While countries in the northern hemisphere are seeing refuge from the pandemic by mass vaccine drives. Over the last seven days, the nation has had the fourth-most incidents. And the third-most deaths from Covid-19 per capita in the world.