(CNN Spanish) – Two weeks before the start of the Copa América and one week before the double date of the World Cup Qualifiers, in Colombia there was a last-minute surprise with the exclusion of James Rodríguez’s team from the squad.The coffee coaching staff headed by Reinaldo Rueda disaffected the top referent of the selected one due to physical problems. Rodríguez will miss not only the matches against Peru and Argentina on dates 7 and 8 of the World Cup Qualifiers to Qatar 2022, he will also be absent from the Copa América that begins on June 13.
The reasons for the selection
«The coaching staff of the Colombia Men’s Senior Team reports that the player James Rodríguez has been called off for the games against Peru and Argentina for the qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, and the CONMEBOL Copa América 2021.
In recent days, the midfielder was subjected to medical examinations, which determined that he is not at the optimal level of competition, therefore, he will not be able to join the group called by Reinaldo Rueda for the aforementioned commitments and the South American championship.
The coach and his team of collaborators regret not being able to count on James Rodríguez on this occasion and hope that soon the midfielder will be able to be part of a call, representing our country with the height and professionalism as he has always done ”, published the Colombian Federation of Soccer in a statement.
James for his part reacted to this decision and said he was disappointed by it.
The player assured that although he was with precautions for date seven, he was aiming to be in full swing for the next day and the America’s Cup.
«With surprise I receive the statement from the coaching staff, stating that they do not count on me and wishing me a full recovery. Recovery that I have already made and in which I have sacrificed a lot.
The above fills me with deep disappointment, because for me it means playing for my country. Not receiving the trust of the coaching staff breaks with everything and causes me enormous pain, since I have always left even my life for the shirt of the Colombian National Team ”, is part of the statement of the“ 10 ”of the national team.
James sentenced his message wishing the best energy and wishes to his teammates in this new sporting challenge.
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