Talavera and Freire, injured, will not play with Pumas against Saprissa

Mexico City, Feb 23 The Mexican UNAM Pumas announced that they lost Alfredo Talavera, their starting goalkeeper, and Argentine Nicolás Freire, leader of their defense, due to injuries before receiving Costa Rican Saprissa in the second leg of the round of 16 the Concacaf Champions League. In a press release issued this Wednesday, the felines reported that Talavera suffers from bursitis in his right shoulder that will take him out of the game for a week and that Freire suffers from a muscle ailment in his left hamstring for which he will take two weeks to recover. In addition to this Wednesday’s match against Saprissa, Talavera and Freire will miss the duel against America on Saturday in the seventh day of the Mexican Clausura tournament. Both Talavera, a regular member of the Mexican team, and Freire participated for 90 minutes in the first leg of the round of 16 between Pumas and Saprissa, which ended 2-2. The Argentine Andrés Lillini, coach of Pumas, has Julio González as his main option to replace Talavera, while to replace Freire he could line up Ricardo Galindo in the central defense. Saprissa also has a sensitive loss, that of Honduran striker Darixon Vuelto, who due to a blow to his left thigh did not travel to Mexico City. The Pumas have an advantage to finish the series against Saprissa since they not only close the tie in their stadium, the Universitario Olympic, but the two goals scored in Costa Rica give them the ticket to the quarterfinals at this time for adding more away goals than his rival. The winner between the Pumas and Saprissa will face the American New England Revolution in the quarterfinals, which advanced to the next round due to the withdrawal of the Haitian Cavaly AS.

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