A new casualty for Colombia ahead of the match against Venezuela


File photo. Players of the Colombian soccer team hug before the match against Paraguay for the South American qualifying tie for the Qatar World Cup at the Roberto Meléndez Metropolitan Stadium in Barranquilla, Colombia, November 16, 2021. REUTERS/Luisa González

In three days we will know if the Colombian National Team will play the playoff to the Qatar 2022 World Cup. For this reason, the technical staff of the tricolor team must already be putting together their best team to have the opportunity to play two games against the representative of Asia and thus obtain a place in the maximum event of football.

Since the match against Bolivia ended last Thursday in Barranquilla, the Valle del Cauca technical director, Reinaldo Rueda, knew that a key player in his scheme will not be able to play the match against the Venezuelan team, next Tuesday, March 29, in Puerto Ordaz. After accumulating five yellow cards, the Juventus midfielder, Juan Guillermo Cuadrado, will suffer the decisive match from the stands of the Cachamay stadium.

And to this drop is added that of the Scottish Rangers striker, Alfredo Morelos. The attacker born in Cereté (Córdoba), was disaffected from the call of the Colombian National Team. This was reported by the Colombian Football Federation: “After performing medical tests on player Alfredo Morelos, a muscle injury in his left thigh was confirmed, which does not allow him to participate in the next match of the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers. For this reason, the striker is called off to start his recovery work. We wish the player a good return to his club,” the statement said.

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It should be noted that Morelos was also not taken into account by the national strategist in the 3-0 victory against the Bolivian team, due to muscle overload that this Saturday 26 was confirmed as an injury. Said news reached Scotland, where they immediately spoke about the situation of the ‘tricolor’ attacker; Ally McCoist, a Rangers veteran, said that Morelos should already be back in Europe.

“I read that it was an injury problem. Call me old-fashioned, but if that’s the case, I’d have it on the first flight back to look at it and evaluate it. But I don’t know how it works these days with international players, sometimes they can go AWOL you know!” he said in a chat with ‘Football Scotland’.

Thus, Rueda and his coaching staff outlined their starting team to get the three points against the team led by José Néstor Pékerman. The nationals are partially located in the sixth box with 20 unitsto one from Peru that at the moment is fifth and would go to the playoffs. Regarding the starting eleven of the last game, the national team would have two changes. One by obligation, that of Cuadrado and the other by technical decision. Miguel Ángel Borja, would replace Luis Fernando Muriel in the attack.

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Captain David Ospina would be in the goal. The defense would be made up of Daniel Muñoz, Carlos Cuesta, William Tesillo and Frank Fabra. In the midfield the selection would have three players: Gustavo Cuéllar, James Rodríguez and Matheus Uribe, who would replace Cuadrado. Ahead, the strikers, those in charge of finishing the attacking plays, would be: Luis Sinisterra, Luis Díaz and Miguel Angel Borgia.

It should be remembered that this duel is scheduled for 6:30 pm (in Colombia), and that all matches on this date will be played simultaneously. Among them, the game between Peru and Paraguay in Lima. Because Colombia will have to win and hope that the Peruvians do not do the same in their duel in order to dream of their third World Cup in a row.


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