It is increasingly clear that this is the definition that best applies to Arrascaeta’s weight against Flamengo. In the period without the Uruguayan, there were three games, three defeats and only two goals scored. Less bad for the red-blacks is that the projection is that the “reinforcement” will arrive at the disposal and rested for the match against Cuiabá, on Wednesday.
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Arrascaeta played 45 minutes in the rout over Panana – Photo: AUF
In the two weeks of FIFA date, the midfielder was only on the field for 45 minutes in Uruguay’s 5-0 victory over Panama, Saturday, at the Centenario, in Montevideo. Minutes that had adjustments between Flamengo and Uruguay, who approached aiming at the best planning so that Arrascaeta participates in all the preparation for the Qatar Cup without harming the club that holds its rights.
The relationship between the medical departments has become more direct since the arrival of Brazilian physiotherapist Bruno Mazziotti, who also works at Valladolid and has stints with the Brazilian national team, Corinthians and European football. With the endorsement of the new coach, Diego Alonso, the professional establishes direct contact with Márcio Tannure so that together they enhance the conditions of Arrascaeta.
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The move also helps to minimize information conflicts or questions such as those that happened in 2021, when on two occasions the midfielder came back injured and missed Flamengo. Now the moves during the FIFA date are debated together and that’s why Arrasca was left out of the games against USA and Mexico.
The player came to Uruguay complaining of pain in his ankle after hitting Fla-Flu on May 29, Flamengo’s last victory. The problem was reported and the medical departments decided that he would spend the first week in the United States in preventive treatment and would only play in the third game, already in Montevideo. And so it was.
Arrascaeta has seven goals and ten assists this season – Photo: Staff Images / Conmebol
As much as he had already trained with the group, Arrasca was even off the bench in the 3-0 over Mexico. For the game with Panama, it was agreed with the coaching staff that 45 minutes would be enough to avoid risks and the midfielder, who started with the number 10 shirt, was removed at halftime.
Back in Rio this Sunday, Arrascaeta will perform again on Monday morning at Ninho and will have his first contact with Dorival Junior. It will not be necessary, however, many explanations for the coach to know the relevance in the starting lineup.
With Arrasca on the field, Flamengo came from three consecutive victories (Católica, Goiás and Fluminense). Without him, they lost the next three games (Fortaleza, Bragantino and Inter). In the season, there are 25 matches – 14 wins, seven draws and four defeats -, where he scored seven goals and provided ten assists.
Irreplaceable. And Dorival Júnior certainly already knows that.
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