Palmeiras’ passing through the transfer window without signatures to lead the attack would have been less shocking if Luiz Adriano was playing. The owner of the club’s superior numbers, the shirt 10, played only in 22 of the 49 games Palmeiras in the season, with an absence rate higher than 55%, as a result of an injury whose source has not been clarified until now.
Louise Adriano’s problem is edema, which is nothing more than swelling in his left knee. Swelling occurs as a result of inflammation in the knee membrane, scientifically known as synovitis, and its result is an increase in fluid production in the area, causing the well-known “water in the knee”. In addition to difficult movements, the condition causes pain and prevents the player from being able to train, physically adapt, and even more play within the normal range.
There are many reasons for the appearance of edema, which can be due to strokes, chronic diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis or osteoporosis, gout, hemophilia, repetitive stress. Recent studies indicate that even the Covid-19 virus, which Luis Adriano contracted twice, can cause chronic edema of the joints, in the context of post-infectious syndrome. NS UOL He learned from people familiar with the case that the swelling and pain in the scorer’s knee disappears and reappears without a pattern, making it difficult to plan to send him to the field.
Corticosteroid treatments applied via offsides, for example, can allow the player to defend Palmeiras without experiencing severe pain, and with less swelling. But this procedure is invasive and needs to be notified and authorized by the Anti-Doping Committee. Physiotherapy and rest are also indicated. But since the player was idle for a long time before coming back to play and feeling the pain again, rest doesn’t seem to be the answer.
The club guarantees that Luiz Adriano is one piece
Palmeiras and the athlete’s fatigue ensure that the striker has already recovered in connection with this matter, in his best physical shape to play. This did not enter the field as soon as the selection of the technical committee. The prediction that a player was fully capable of playing had been made before, and the problem re-emerged.
This situation was mentioned by Abel Ferreira after the victory over Atletico PR, on Saturday (27). The player was on the field against Fortaleza (August 7), for the Brazilians, and days later, he was unable to play the Libertadores quarter-final against Tricolor (10), nor face Atlético MG (14), by the National. In the second leg match against São Paulo (17), for the continental championship, and in the commitments against Cuiaba (22) and Atlético himself, the last three of Alfeverde, he was on the bench, but did not enter.
Palmeiras lose more goals without the number 10
Luiz Adriano, who was Palmeiras’ top scorer in 2020 with 20 goals, scored only three goals this season – against Corinthians, in the Paulista semi-finals; against the Indepediente del Valle (EQU) in Libertadores; In front of Chapecoense in Brazil. The player has not been on the net for 88 days, since June 6, when Palmeiras hosted the Chapeco side at Allianz Parque.
Without his striker, Palmeiras loses more than a scorer. In 2020, the striker was also responsible for four assists, which put him second in the group in direct contributions to goals, with 24. He also lost a reference player in the group, as he was one of the six who played in it. The team’s three finals last season.
By the way, with Abel, he played in all decisions, except for the first match in South America Recopa, when he was infected with the virus. No wonder he’s one of the coach’s leaders in the cast, along with Felipe Melo and Gustavo Gomez Weaverton. On Tuesday, Luis Adriano usually participated in trainings at the football academy.
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