The defense of Corinthians will have news this Sunday: in the place of the suspended Uruguayan defender Bruno Méndez comes the newcomer Marllon. At 28, the defender had been loaned to Cruzeiro and returned to Timão before the end of the contract after serious injury from Danilo Avelar.
This Sunday, at 4 pm (Brasília time), Corinthians will face Flamengo, at Neo Química Arena, for the 17th round of the Brazilian Championship. Marllon will start alongside Gil.
The duel will be special for Marllon also because of his origins: born in Bangu, he burst into football at Flamengo’s base, being champion of the São Paulo Cup as a starter in 2011.
In Timão since 2018, he played his last game among Corinthians’ 11 starts on December 8, 2019, in the 2-1 defeat by Fluminense, at home. Just over ten months ago.
This season, Marllon’s last game was more than two months ago, in the 11th round of the Mineiro Championship, against Caldense. During his time at Cruzeiro, the defender played four games: three for the state tournament and one for the Serie B of the Brasileirão.
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Defender Marllon in training at Corinthians – Photo: Rodrigo Coca / Ag.Corinthians
Added to Marllon’s five games of the year (in addition to the four with Cruzeiro’s shirt, he also played for Timão against Athletico, Wednesday), it is just over 300 minutes on the pitch.
Check out all the official games of the defender in 2020 *:
- 15/03 – Cruzeiro 0 x 1 Coimbra (Campeonato Mineiro) – 90 minutes
- 07/26 – Cruzeiro 3 x 0 URT (Campeonato Mineiro) – 90 minutes
- 07/29 – Caldense 0 x 1 Cruzeiro (Campeonato Mineiro) – 90 minutes
- 16/08 – Figueirense 0 x 1 Cruzeiro (Brasileirão Série B) – 33 minutes
- 10/14 – Athletico-PR 0 x 1 Corinthians (Brasileirão) – 10 minutes
- Total: five games and 313 minutes on the pitch.
* At the Florida Tournament in January, Marllon still played for 45 minutes in a friendly match against New York City. Timão’s first game of the season.
Without Bruno Méndez (suspended), Danilo Avelar (injured) and Léo Santos (injured), Vagner Mancini will not have defenders on the bench. If there is a problem with the dual holder, the Xavier steering wheel must be moved back to the function. Raul Gustavo, 21, will only be an option against Vasco.
When he returned to Corinthians after spending time with Cruzeiro, Marllon was much celebrated by the cast. The player relies on the affection of the group and, with Avelar’s serious injury, he should at least establish himself as an option on the reserve bench of Timão by Vagner Mancini.
Marllon when still wearing the shirt of Cruzeiro – Photo: Bruno Haddad / Cruzeiro
The problem is that Marllon’s plans have been thwarted in the last two loans. If he left Corinthians to have more space, he didn’t settle for either Bahia or Cruzeiro.
Last year, Marllon was transferred to Bahia on loan in July. In September, Corinthians also requested his return to compose the defense after Léo Santos’ injury. He didn’t even debut with the Steel Tricolor shirt.
The defender, now 28, has a contract with Corinthians until the end of 2021.
Marllon wore the shirt, but did not make his debut for Bahia – Photo: Felipe Oliveira / Press Release / EC Bahia