Good news for Saprissa ahead of Pachuca clash

(l-r) Saprissa's Roy Miller, Marvin Angulo and Fabrizio Ronchetti are all hoping to overcome injuries in order to face visiting Pachuca in their Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal, first-leg encounter on February 21, 2017. (Photo: Mexsport)

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica – Saprissa head coach Carlos Watson is optimistic that he will have a full squad for Tuesday’s 2016/17 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal, first-leg encounter against visiting Pachuca.

A week ago, due to injury concerns, there was some doubt whether forward Fabrizio Ronchetti, defenders Roy Miller and Joseph Mora and midfielder Marvin Angulo would be available to face the Tuzos.

In his pre-match press conference, however, Watson revealed that Miller, Angulo and Mora will be back in the fold, while there remains a chance that Ronchetti will recovered from a groin injury in time for the opening whistle.

“Thankfully, we are very good, although we have had to recover several players.  I feel like the majority of the injured ones will be there,” said Watson.  “The game comes to us in a good moment because some pieces have been very good.  For Fabrizio, it all depends on the final training session that takes place.  Hopefully, he will be available, but we are going to wait.”

As for the match itself, Saprissa will be up against a fresh Pachuca side, with head coach Diego Alonso electing to rest the majority of his starters for Saturday’s 1-0 Liga MX loss at Monterrey.

Watson agreed with Alonso’s decision, endorsing that squad rotation is necessary for teams prioritizing the SCCL.

“It does not surprise me that at these levels what they have planned ahead of a competition as important as this one,” the 65-year-old finished.  “All of the big clubs want to be in the highest competition and they all make their preparations. They made the correct decision, just like we have done.”