Palmeiras insists on patience and wants to get Raphael Veiga only 100%. Palm trees

Palmeiras should be backed by Raphael Veiga for the 14th round of the Brazilian Championship, this Sunday, at 16h (GMT), away from home, against Avai. The idea is to give the midfielder a few minutes to think about the clash against Cerro Porteño for the Libertadores’ Round of 16 in the middle of next week.

Recovering from a muscle injury, the midfielder could be listed for a match at Florianopolis. Vega was able to play against Sao Paulo, but the coaching staff chose to postpone his return until he was 100% fit.

– One thing we do is we are very consistent, realistic and we don’t make excuses. We could have risked Vega today, he had already trained, but then we risked not doing a good job. That’s why we have well-established rules, and Vega didn’t follow them – said assistant coach Joao Martins at a press conference after the Copa du Brazil defeat to Sao Paulo.

Rafael Vega during training for Palmyra – Photo: Caesar Greco / Ag. Palm trees

– We prefer to be overweight and 100% athletes. If all goes well, it will be available on Sunday. If it’s not Sunday, it’s Wednesday. “We have no interest in having 50 per cent players because they risk losing another month,” the assistant concluded.

Scarpa’s good performance at the midfield joint gave the medical department more security and time to work on the recovery of shirt 23.

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Veiga felt his thigh at the start of the first half against Atletico-MG on June 5. Since then, he has been absent from games against Botafogo, Coritiba, Atlético-GO and São Paulo (for Brasileirão and Copa do Brasil).

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The possible return of Rafael Vega increases Able Ferreira’s options for building a midfield team. Gustave Scarpa is set to return to Wenger instead of Gabriel Veron.

With Vega’s recovery, Palmyra practically emptied the medical field. Only Gelson, who is recovering from knee surgery, is unrelated to sports.

Under Brasileirão’s isolated lead, with 28 points, Palmeiras face Avaí on Sunday for the 14th round. Verdão defends an unbeaten record of 11 games in the competition.

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