The Cosmos will host Rayo OKC this weekend, and many names from last week’s roster will be unavailable due to call-up, injury or recall. But Cosmos Head Coach and Sporting Director Giovanni Savarese is confident his club can deliver a result this weekend against a line-up that features players like Georgios Samaras, Derek Boateng, and NASL leading scorer Michel.
“It’s correct, reports of Yasmani going back to the national team. He’s actually right now in the airport so he won’t be available for tomorrow,” said the coach when asked about Yasmani Duk‘s availability for tomorrow’s match.
“Hes going to be out, pretty much four to six weeks,” said Savarese of Croatian midfielder Niko Kranjčar, noting that the injury was an upper quad and could not be taken lightly. “Most likely he will have to do a little therapy here and a little bit of therapy away from us and he has some specialists that he knows very well and hopefully he can go through the proper treatment in order to be able to come back as soon as possible.”
Gio noted that Gabriel Farfán, who recently underwent surgery, would be out for about the same time period. He was not the only one who would remain sidelined.
“[Eric] Calvillo isn’t clear yet, [Alexis] Velela isn’t clear yet, and [Adam] Moffat is very close. And that, for you, is the menu of the injuries we have.”
Add the loss of Michael Lahoud to Miami FC, and one can understand why the depth chart feels a little shallower these days.
But according to Gio, it doesn’t matter.
“We have a strong group. Because I think the stronger part of our group is two things, the unity and mental strength. This is a team that is able to focus on the targets that we have on hand in front of us. We know it’s going to be a difficult two weeks; we spoke about it because we don’t have as much depth as we had a few weeks ago. But, nevertheless, I feel that in difficult moments, there are opportunities. Opportunity shows the depth of our team and shows a lot of character.”
“The guys are ready for tomorrow. They all are excited about playing tomorrow and then once we finish tomorrow, they’ll be ready for Wednesday as well.”
Roversio came up as a topic, as well, with his absence from the spring season. He did play in the friendly against Eibar on Wednesday night. Savarese noted that Roversio’s recovery was ahead of schedule.
“We see Roversio is getting closer to the time to be reinstated. He had a good match against Eibar, and we feel that he’s getting closer and closer to the level that we’re looking for from him,” said the coach. “I think sooner or later, he’s going to start being useful for us.”
“Of course he’s a player we would like to see 100%, but he’s getting there little by little. So seeing him back was a good thing, and that’s why he was also the captain. You know, he’s worked very hard to get back. He’s a leader on our team and an example and that’s why we gave him the captain’s banner, besides the fact that he also played for the coach that is coaching Eibar and we felt out of respect that he should be the leader of that game.”