Internacional released the list of candidates to face Athletico-PR, this Thursday (21), at 9:30 pm, at the Ligga Arena, in Curitiba, for the 24th round of the Brazilian Championship. The main absences are Hugo Mallo, Vitão and Johnny.
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The Spanish defender was left due to the foreigners limit — Colorado has seven listed for the match. Vitão and Johnny have recovered from injuries, but will be preserved due to the synthetic pitch and the proximity of the first game of the Libertadores semi-final, against Fluminense, which is next Wednesday (27).
On the other hand, Inter has four comebacks compared to the 2-1 comeback victory over São Paulo last week. Rochet, Aránguiz and Enner Valencia are back after serving their teams in the first two rounds of the 2026 World Cup qualifiers. Luiz Adriano is also available after serving a suspension against Tricolor Paulista.
Another novelty among those listed is Dalbert. A signing announced exactly two weeks ago, the left-back could make his debut for Colorado.
Dalbert hasn’t acted in almost a year and a half. His last match was on May 15, 2022, for Cagliari. During pre-season with Inter Milan, on July 14 last year, he suffered a serious knee ligament injury, which has taken him out of action ever since.
The tendency, in fact, is for Dalbert to start among the starters, as coach Eduardo Coudet must send an alternative team to the field. As reported by Revista Colorada, the team worked on the day before the match included Sergio Rochet; Fabricio Bustos, Igor Gomes. Nico Hernández and Dalbert; Gabriel; Bruno Henrique, Matheus Dias and Carlos de Pena; Lucca and Luiz Adriano. After finishing the preparation on Wednesday afternoon (20), at CT Parque Gigante, in Porto Alegre, the Inter delegation traveled to Curitiba.
Taboo to be broken
At the Ligga Arena, Colorado seeks to break a taboo. That’s because Athletico never beat Athletico on the synthetic pitch at Arena da Baixada. There are seven games, with four wins for Furacão and three draws.
Next Internacional games
- Athletico-PR x Internacional, Brasileirão Série A, Ligga Arena, Curitiba/PR – September 21st (Thursday), at 7:30 pm;-
- Fluminense x Internacional, Libertadores, Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro/RJ – September 27th (Wednesday), at 9:30 pm;
- Internacional x Atlético-MG, Brasileirão Série A, Beira-Rio, Porto Alegre/RS – November 30th (Saturday), at 9pm.