Olimpia players (above) take part in drills during preseason camp ahead of the 2014 Honduran Apertura and 2014/15 CONCACAF Champions League seasons.
SIGUATEPEQUE, Honduras-- Just a few short months removed from winning the 2014 Honduran Clausura title, Olimpia is back at work. With the 2014 Apertura and 2014/15 CONCACAF Champions League (CCL) seasons looming, head coach Hector Vargas is putting his squad through its paces.
After opening preseason camp in Tegucigalpa, the Lions are now in Siguatepeque, preparing for the rigors of two competitions.
There are a few absences in the team as Honduran internationals Noel Valladares and Donis Escober (both goalkeepers), Brayan Beckeles (defender) and Luis Garrido (midfielder) have been given extra time to rest following their 2014 FIFA World Cup duties.
Additionally, forward Roger Rojas, the club’s all-time leading CCL scorer with eight goals, was recently sent on a one-year loan to Saudi Arabia’s Al-Ettifaq.
The club, however, received unfortunate news on Tuesday, when it was announced that defender Johnny Palacios suffered a season-ending injury to his left Achilles tendon in training.
“The tendon tore apart,” said Carlos Suazo, Olimpia’s kinesiologist. “The player would be lost for the season because a new surgery has to be done.”
The 27-year-old, who has played his entire career with the 28-time Honduran champion, is expected to face a recovery period of at least six months.
Olimpia will open its seventh CCL campaign on August 5 at Alpha United in Guyana.