Kazan (Russia), June 14 (IANS) Colombia midfielder James Rodriguez did not train with the rest of the national team on Thursday due to muscle fatigue, but is set to play in Colombia’s forthcoming World Cup debut against Japan.
A source from the Colombian Soccer Federation (FCF) said that the Bayern Munich star worked out in the gym of the “Los Cafeteros” squad base camp along with the other absentee from the practice, Boca Juniors midfielder Wilmar Barrios, reports Efe.
Neither Barrios nor Rodriguez have serious injuries and both are to train normally with the rest of their teammates at the team’s next practice.
Colombia held its first practice session in Kazan on Wednesday morning, attended by the press and fans.
Colombia is in Group H of the World Cup, along with Japan, Poland and Senegal, and kicks off its campaign in Russia at 3 p.m. local time in the Mordovia Arena, Saransk, on June 19.