Real Madrid dealt James Rodriguez injury blow

By Conor Laird

Widespread reports this afternoon have confirmed that Real Madrid star James Rodriguez has picked up an injury whilst on international duty.

Colombia back in action

Attacking midfielder Rodriguez joined up with Carlos Queiroz’s Colombia squad at the beginning of the week.

Los Cafeteros are set for a pair of friendly outings versus South American competition over the coming week.

First, Colombia will take on Peru at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami later tonight.

Queiroz’s men are then set to face off against Ecuador in New Jersey next Wednesday.

The South American giants will head into their latest round of upcoming fixtures hoping to put a dismal recent spell of form firmly behind them, having failed to pick up a win in any of their previous 5 outings.

Rodriguez blow

Colombia’s hopes of getting things back on track, however, were yesterday dealt a blow.

This came in the form of an injury to star man James Rodriguez.

The 28-year-old was forced out of Colombia’s training session yesterday evening, after picking up a problem in his left knee.

Initial reports speculated that the injury may have been a serious one, amid claims of a potential cruciate ligament rupture:

Further updates over the hours since, however, have, thankfully for Rodriguez and Real Madrid, seen such suggestions put to bed.

As per Julian Capera of Colombian outlet Caracol Radio, the midfielder’s problem is with the ligaments in his knee, but will only see Rodriguez ruled out for around 3 weeks:

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