Colombia manager José Pékerman has this evening discussed his concern over the injury picked up by star man James Rodriguez, during Los Cafeteros’ 1-0 World Cup victory over Senegal earlier today.
The two sides went head to head in the final round of Group H fixtures, with Japan and Poland having also faced off in a 3pm kick-off of their own.
Japan and Senegal sat joint-top of the Group H table ahead of today, with Colombia having sat in 3rd, a point adrift of the leaders. Poland, meanwhile, had already been eliminated.
In the end, a solitary goal decided both games, with a superb Yerry Mina header having sent Colombia through as group winners:
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However, an otherwise perfect day for the South Americans was tarnished by an injury to talisman James Rodriguez, after an early knock saw the Bayern Munich midfielder forced off with just half an hour on the clock.
It was not immediately clear what the 26-year-old’s problem was, with Colombia boss José Pékerman having this evening provided an update on the fitness of his side’s key man.
Speaking in a press conference following La Tricolor’s advancement to the World Cup’s last-16, where they are set to face either England or Belgium, Pekerman admitted to being completely in the dark with regards to when Rodriguez could return:
‘What I can say is I’m extremely worried, it’s a very tough situation for my team.’
‘I didn’t want to address this in comments because it seems one of these topics [that] can overshadow everything else.’
‘In the last Poland match James felt fatigue but it was only fatigue and that was due to him not being present in the previous match.’
‘He trained normally for us until yesterday, he stayed on afterwards practicing finishing, free-kicks, penalties. He was fully fit in training and in the last training session there was no hint of any injury but right now I don’t know where he stands, to be honest.’