FIFA World Cup 2018: James Rodriguez remains doubtful to start for Colombia in opening match against Japan

FIFA World Cup 2018: James Rodriguez remains doubtful to start for Colombia in opening match against Japan

Kazan: James Rodriguez — the highest scorer at Brazil 2014 — remains a doubt for Colombia’s World Cup opener against Japan after lacking coaching on Friday due to muscle fatigue.

The Bayern Munich star helped steer Colombia to their best-ever end at a World Cup 4 years in the past earlier than they had been ousted in the quarter-finals by hosts Brazil.

Colombia's James Rodriguez. Reuters

Colombia’s James Rodriguez. Reuters

Anticipated to lead his nation’s problem in Russia, James has been affected by discomfort in his left calf since final week, when Jose Pekerman’s aspect left Milan following a 16-day spell in the Italian metropolis.

James, who had a hand in almost half of Colombia’s objectives (six objectives, 4 assists) throughout qualifying for Russia 2018, was absent from a coaching session that was open to the general public in the Sviyaga stadium, west of Kazan.

Striker Carlos Bacca, who performs for Villarreal, performed down fears over James and midfielder Wilmar Barrios forward of Tuesday’s match.

“Each have somewhat muscle fatigue however that is regular with the quantity of labor that has been finished since we left Bogota”, on Could 17, stated the ex-Sevilla and AC Milan participant.

Colombia followers, nonetheless, might need trigger for concern.

James had the same ailment in his left calf in February that sidelined him for three weeks following a Champions League conflict with Besiktas.

Colombia’s medical workers are understood to be battling to be sure he recovers in time, though experiences counsel Pekerman, now Colombia’s longest-serving boss, is already contemplating River Plate playmaker Juan Quintero as a alternative.

Though left-footed like James, Quintero’s inclusion might have ramifications for Pekerman’s tactical plans.

The 68-year-old Argentine coach often deploys a Four-2-Three-1 formation, with Monaco striker Radamel Falcao main Colombia’s assault.

AFP

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