After failing a medical at Sunderland, the doctor at his own club has expressed surprise that Gino Peruzzi was not deemed fit enough to become the latest summer recruit for Paolo Di Canio’s side.
Velez Sarsfield’s club doctor Ricardo Coppolecchia, said about the ligament problem that resulted in the failed medical: “Gino Peruzzi had an injury, it’s true, but he is totally recovered and can play.
“In the medical tests they will have analysed everything very carefully, and he is in perfect shape. He has even been playing for the Argentine national side.
“We think it is crazy that Sunderland have blocked him. If he returns to Velez, he can play immediately without any problem because he has done the pre-season work.
“I don’t know what happened in England. The injury he had wasn’t that serious, it could have been talked over.
“The player is in perfect condition and I don’t know what is going to happen from now on.”
The Black Cats boss, Di Canio, said in the aftermath of the Argentinian failing his medical: “At the moment, there is no chance for Gino Peruzzi to join us.
“”My club is not a club that can sign players with some problems.
“We are not Manchester City, who can think about buying a talented player with an injury and wait for him.
“We are not very late [in the transfer window], but I would like a player ready to join the rest of the group because the process of integration is not just physical.
“They have to understand how we play, which is not easy.”
The official Velez Sarsfield website produce the following statement: “As reported earlier, during the week directors (Julio) Baldomar and (Eduardo) Ordonez traveled to England with the player Gino Peruzzi to advance negotiations over the latter’s transfer to Sunderland of that country.
“After agreeing contractual terms, the player underwent a medical examination, which is detailed in this report.
“The professionals found repercussions from the torn ligament Peruzzi suffered last April against Olimpo in the Copa Argentina, which prompted a three-week absence from games.
“To obtain further information about the injury and its evolution, they made contact with Dr Ricard Coppolechia, who answered their questions.
“After this, Sunderland requested permission to subject Gino Peruzzi to a final evaluation at the Villa Stuart Sporting Clinic in Rome, which is directed by the renowned Professor Pier Paolo Mariani.
“The evaluation had a positive result with Prof Mariani recommending specific work on the affected muscle area.
“Meanwhile, Sunderland had travelled to Hong Kong for some international matches, so the English club’s authorities communicated their intention to sign the contract on the return of their president in the course of this week.
“Our club’s entourage returned to Argentina on Sunday, anticipating that Gino Peruzzi will travel to England again in the coming days.”