Palmeiras decided to adopt the mystery as a tactic and will not reveal which players will be listed for the Derby against Corinthians that defines the Brazilian Under-20 Championship on Sunday (25), at Neo Química Arena.
The great curiosity, of course, is about Endrick’s participation. The 16-year-old prodigy, listed by Abel Ferreira for the classic against Santos in the Brazilian Series A last Sunday (18), should be the big attraction of the game, if he is called up for the match.
O UOL Esporte found out with club sources that the tendency is for Endrick to play the match, even as a kind of farewell. The striker has been training more frequently with the professionals, a process that would intensify even more after the game against Corinthians.
On Wednesday (21), Endrick did not perform at the Football Academy with the professional squad, which increases the chance of him playing on Sunday.
Champion and highlight of Palmeiras in this year’s Copinha, won by the club alviverde, the athlete will not be in the next edition of the competition. The planning for him points to full participation in the professionals’ pre-season.
Yesterday (22), the player’s staff met with representatives of Barcelona, although Palmeiras prefers not to negotiate with Spanish football.
Other highlights are also doubt
In addition to Endrick, Palmeiras can count on two other players used to training with professionals: midfielder Fabinho and right-back Garcia.
Both have even appeared with some frequency in Abel’s team games. Fabinho, by the way, is almost certain name next Wednesday (28), when Palmeiras goes to Belo Horizonte to face Atlético-MG for the Brasileirão.
In the return match of the Brazilian Under-20 semifinal, against Athletico-PR — a 1-1 draw —, coach PV Guimarães started Palmeiras with Kaique; Garcia, Henri, Naves and Ian; Fabinho, Pedro Lima (Jota) and Jhon Jhon (Vitinho); Edney (Talisca), Kevin (Kauan Santos) and Endrick (Ruan Ribeiro).