Cosenza is preparing to embrace Martino again: five arrows on the flanks… plus one


By John

Pietro Martino’s return is approaching. The right-back from Modena has been absent since the first matchday, when he was injured during the match against Ascoli. The problem suffered by the Marche team kept him out for two months due to a fractured ankle bone. The lateral has been back in the group for a while now but Fabio Caserta he preferred not to run any danger, giving him the opportunity to recover calmly.
The former Foggia player symbolically returned to the bench for the home match against Lecco. In the week just ended, he took another decisive step towards returning to the field. In the “Rizzo” friendly match against Aloisi’s Rossanese, in fact, the coach from Reggio deployed him from the start and left him on the pitch even in the first minutes of the second half. Just under an hour for Martino, who is starting to regain his protagonism after the break.
For the Melito Porto Salvo coach this is an important recovery as the full-back guarantees flexibility of use. The player from Modena can play a lot on the right (sector of the pitch where in his absence they disengaged Andrea Rispoli And Baldovino Cimino), his natural role, as in the left-handed lane. In this area, it can be very useful since Caserta often found himself alone Thomas D’Horace available.
The coach, in some specific moments of the matches played in recent months, responded to the need by using Alessandro Fontanarosa on the left-handed out. The central defender born in 2003 from San Giovanni Vesuviano has already held this role in the Nerazzurri youth sector but remains basically a central defender loaned to the cause. Martino is now configured as a further guarantee alternative, waiting to fully recover Salvatore Dario La Vardera. The Palermo slider, on whom Cosenza is banking for the future, has often been out due to injury. After overcoming problems related to groin pain, he suffered other physical ailments and in fact has not accumulated any minutes up to this point of the season. The Sicilian, moreover, also marked a visit to Rossano, when Caserta brought with it the 2006 Antonio Baronean element that arrived from Benevento in the summer and is showing off with the Primavera of Antonio Gatto (two goals in four games starting as the fifth on the left in the 3-5-2 organized by the coach from Lamezia).
Also considering Cimino’s exponential growth, Martino could occasionally move to the opposite side to give D’Orazio a chance to breathe, at least until January. During the winter transfer market, Gemmi, Caserta and the Sila club will draw up new evaluations to understand whether it is appropriate to intervene, shoring up the squad on the low defensive flanks, or continue to place trust in the same men on whom it was decided to aim for the beginning of the year. Caserta and Gemmi, at the end of August, showed no fears in this regard. Numerically, the boxes are adequate for the needs but further reflections cannot be excluded. The matches scheduled until the end of the first round will therefore guide the market strategies of the Sila management. The squad, for now, has not shown any particular critical issues and this will give the possibility to ponder the moves calmly and a much less pressing need than in previous years.