Colombia boss Jose Pekerman says he is “extremely concerned” by James Rodriguez’s injury as his side made it into the World Cup’s last-16.
Yerry Mina’s goal was enough to earn Colombia a 1-0 victory over Senegal in Samara, ensuring that they finished top of Group G and qualified along with Japan.
But Bayern Munich’s James – who failed to start Colombia’s opener against Japan – was forced off just 31 minutes into the match, and he trudged straight down the tunnel when he was replaced by Luis Muriel.
And speaking in his press conference after the game, Pekerman didn’t sound too positive about his side’s talisman – the Golden Boot winner at the 2014 World Cup.
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“What I can say is I’m extremely concerned, it’s a very tough situation for my team,” said Pekerman.
“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.”
Pekerman was then asked if this was a recurrence of the calf injury James felt before the tournament.
“At the moment I don’t have that information, I cannot confirm or deny anything, we’ll have to wait and see,” he said.
“We do hope that we’ll hear good news after he’s gone for his check-up and we’ll get a clear idea of what happened.
“What we’re trying to do now is think about what we need to do going forward.”
Colombia will face England in their last-16 tie in Moscow next Tuesday.