James Rodriguez

England boost: Colombia star could miss the rest of the World Cup

Colombia forward James Rodriguez could miss the rest of the World Cup due to a calf injury, according to reports in Colombia.

The 26-year-old is excepted to at least miss his nation’s Round of 16 clash with England on Tuesday and now his involvement in the rest of the tournament is in doubt.

The Bayern Munich loanee was forced off injured after just 30 minutes during Colombia’s 1-0 win over Senegal on Thursday.

“I’m very worried”

BOGOTA, COLOMBIA – MAY 25: Jose Pekerman, coach of Colombia talks to Colombian singer Maluma during a training session open to the public as part of the preparation for FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 on May 25, 2018 in Bogota, Colombia. (Photo by Gabriel Aponte/Getty Images)

Rodriguez has undergone an MRI scan on his calf to gauge a greater understanding as to the extent of his injury.

The results are expected to be with the forward by Sunday and his involvement versus England will become clearer by then.

Local media claim that the Colombian FA are pessimistic over his chances of facing the Three Lions in Moscow with the player currently unable to train.

The national team manager Jose Pekerman has admitted his concerns over Rodriguez’s injury, also revealing that it could prove to be a distraction.

Pekerman said:

 “I’m very worried. It is very difficult for my team, such a topic can overshadow everything else.

“He trained until yesterday normal. There was no sign of injury. But I can not say exactly what it is.”

SAMARA, RUSSIA – JUNE 28: Yerry Mina of Colombia celebrates with teammates after scoring his team’s first goal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group H match between Senegal and Colombia at Samara Arena on June 28, 2018 in Samara, Russia. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

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