Timão has difficult missions to follow in the knockout stages: he lost in the Libertadores quarterfinals to Flamengo and in the Copa do Brasil to Atlético-GO; in both games, the defeat in the first leg was 2-0
O Corinthians visits Avaí at 7 pm this Saturday (6), at Ressacada, in a match valid for the 21st round of the Brasileirão. With 38 points, Timão is in second place and goes to the field looking to reduce the difference to rival Palmeiras, leader with 42 points.
In the duel in Florianópolis, the Corinthians nation will meet again Paolo Guerrero, hero of the Club World Cup in 2012. Now 38 years old, Guerrero is a forward for Avaí and is going to his second match for the Santa Catarina team. Before, the Peruvian striker has already faced Alvinegro wearing the Flamengo and Internacional shirts.
While the presence of the former number 9 of Timão is certain for the opposing team, two returns are expected at Corinthians. In an activity led by coach Vítor Pereira, Renato Augusto and Willian trained and became possible options for the away game in Serie A. Renato has been out of action for almost 50 days, due to an injury to the back of his leg. His last performance was on June 19, in the 1-0 victory against Goiás, for the 13th round of the Brazilian.
The midfield has been being prepared so that it can meet playing conditions in the clash against Flamengo, next Tuesday (9), for the return of the quarterfinals of Libertadores. Willian, on the other hand, was absent at the last minute in the first leg against Rubro-Negra, with tendinitis in his right thigh. The Corinthians team was defeated 2-0 at Neo Química Arena, and will need to reverse the disadvantage at Maracanã to advance to the semifinals of the South American competition.
Who is out of the clashes with Avaí and Flamengo and has no forecast of returning to the pitch is the midfielder Maycon. Corinthians reported, on the afternoon of this Friday (5), that shirt number 5 suffered a fracture in the second toe of his left foot. The Club reported that the athlete is already undergoing treatment with the performance health department, but the time for treatment and recovery was not disclosed. The player was injured in a match against Thiago Maia, from Flamengo, on Tuesday (2), and had to be substituted for the Libertadores match.