La Paz, May 26 (IANS) The Bolivian football team has concluded its training at the Felix Capriles Stadium in Cochabamba ahead of the 2016 Centennial Copa America which will be held from June 3 to 26 in the United States.
The squad’s coach, Julio Cesar Baldivieso, regretted some players’ injuries but assured that he will be going to the US with the best available team, reports Xinhua.
The coach said on Thursday that once they arrive in the United States he will start to look for his starting 11 that will first face the hosts in a friendly match.
Baldivieso added that after the match with the US he will plan Bolivia’s debut in the 2016 Centennial Copa America against Panama.
The Bolivian squad will leave on Thursday for the friendly match in the United States which will be played on Saturday in Kansas City.
The Bolivian team form part of Group D in the international competition and their first match of the tournament will be on June 6 in Orlando against Panama. Also in the same group are Chile and Argentina.
Attacking midfielder Samuel Galindo has injured one of his ankles and for that reason, the coaching staff are currently deciding on a replacement. Galindo, from Bolivian side Pertolero, was injured in a match against local side Wilstermann in Cochabamba on Sunday.
The tournament’s rules say that in the case of injury, a replacement can be chosen from the list of 40 players which was originally submitted.
Before doing so, the Bolivian Football Federation (FBF) will have to send a report to the competition’s medical committee so that they can verify the seriousness of the injury and authorise the substitution.
According to the coaching staff, the replacement will be between Rudy Cardozo, Sebastian Gamarra and Danny Bejarano.
The South American team will be heading to the United States with new team members, including Nelson Cabrera and forward Bruno Miranda.