James Rodriguez injury of ‘extreme concern’ to Colombia coach

Colombia coach Jose Pekerman says he is “extremely concerned” about an injury to James Rodriguez, who came off in the 1-0 World Cup win over Senegal.

The South Americans play England in the last 16 on Tuesday and 2014 Golden Boot winner Rodriguez is already a doubt.

Rodriguez did not start Colombia’s opening Group H game against Japan.because of a calf niggle.

“It is not comfortable for us,” Pekerman said. “Right now, I do not know where he stands.”

The Real Madrid forward, 26, was integral to Colombia in their 3-0 win over Poland but played only 30 minutes against Senegal before he was substituted.

Pekerman added: “He trained normally until today and he stayed on after practising his free-kicks and penalties.

“He was fully fit in training and in the last session, no hint of injury.”




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