Saprissa addresses injury concerns

Due to an injury, Marvin Angulo (pictured) missed Saprissa's Costa Rican Verano game with Perez Zeledon on February 12, 2017. (Photo: Mexsport)

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica – Saprissa is optimistic that a slew of injuries and personnel losses can be overcome ahead of its 2016/17 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal, first-leg encounter against visiting Pachuca on February 21.

Forward Fabrizio Ronchetti was the latest to be sidelined after sustaining a groin injury in Sunday’s 0-0 draw at Perez Zeledon. The 31-year-old Uruguayan joins a disabled list that includes defenders Roy Miller and Joseph Mora, and midfielder Marvin Angulo.

Also, last week, the Monstruo Morado bid farewell to forward Alvaro Saborío, who retired after four games in his second spell with the club.

Saprissa team doctor Esteban Campos is confident that Angulo, Miller and Mora can be ready for Pachuca.

“We are working on accelerating the process, not just for Angulo, but also Roy and Joseph,” said Campos. “We know that few days remain before the Pachuca game, but we have said to the coaching staff that we cannot discount them. We feel like that is a lot that we can do.”

Saprissa is winless in its last two 2017 Costa Rican Verano matches, shutout in both, but is only three behind table-topping Santos.