Colombia vs. Peru: these are the five references that are worrying ahead of the qualifying match

Juan Fernando Quintero and James Rodríguez are the two players who are most worrying ahead of the qualifiers. REUTERS/Darren Staples

With ten days to go before the Colombia selection in front of Peru for the South American Qualifiers, concerns the present of some of the team’s leaders, because, either due to their physical condition or due to a technical decision, they could not be summoned or arrive without the rhythm of competition.

Of the four remaining commitments to the tricolor combo to confirm their qualification for Qatar 2022, the one scheduled for Friday, January 28 against those led by Ricardo Gareca is the most important, given that both have 17 points. In addition, the coffee set must break the streak of five qualifying games without scoring and three without winning at the Metropolitan Stadiumor Roberto Meléndez (Barranquilla). Next, the footballers who arouse uncertainty.

Juan Fernando Quintero

Juanfer, who will soon close his relationship with River Plate, withdrew in the 42nd minute of Colombia’s friendly match against Honduras on January 16 due to physical discomfort, and this Tuesday it was confirmed how serious his condition is. The journalist Germán García Grove reported on the program TyC Sports Summer that the creative flyer has a “10-day disability due to a partial injury to the internal collateral of the left knee”. Thus, his return to the courts would take place on the 28th of this month, the day of the commitment, so it may not be taken into account by Reinaldo Rueda.

James Rodriguez

James was not called up for this Tuesday’s match between Al-Rayyan and Al-Khor and, although there is no official version of why he did not have playing minutes, there are two hypotheses: that he is positive for covid-19 or that he has a new muscle injury. The only thing certain is that his team was playing a game in the Qatari league, I was playing Call of Duty – Warzone. It is waiting to see if, due to the possible absence of the two ’10’, Juanfer and Rodríguez Rubio, the Colombian helmsman bets on the young promise Yasser Asprilla.

Duvan Zapata

Although the Toro He has 17 commitments without scoring with the Colombian national team, he was the center forward who finished 2021 the best, with a record of 12 goals with Atalanta, three of them for the Champions League, hence his enthusiasm for the rest of the qualifiers. However, this year he has not been able to debut with his team as he continues without recovering from an injury to his adductor, which dates back to December 21, in a match against Genoa. Despite his medical incapacity, Zapata received an offer from Newcastle to count on him for the remainder of the campaign.

David Ospina

The goalkeeper from Antioquia, who has 10 clean sheets with Napoli in the 2020/21 season and has only conceded one goal in the last five games wearing the Tricolor, was substituted by Alex Meret on January 13 during the Coppa Italia match against Fiorentina due to a contracture of the gastrocnemius muscle of the left leg. At the court of this Tuesday, he was doing personalized work in the gym and therapies. There is a possibility that he will not make it to the match against Peru.

Falcao garcia

After an injury to the right adductor on November 6 in a game against Real Madrid, he has not scored again for Rayo Vallecano. In 2022 he played four games, two as a starter and two as a substitute. His lack of goals contrasts with the good form of another of the club’s forwards, Sergi Guardiola, who threatens to take away his starting role indefinitely. Hopefully, if he is called up to the national team, he can resume his goalscoring path.


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