June 30, 2018 / 10:10 PM / 6 months ago

Colombia boost as Rodriguez injury not as serious as feared

El centrocampista colombiano James Rodríguez se cubre el rostro al salir lesionado en su encuentro frente a Senegal por el grupo H de la Copa del Mundo de la FIFA en Samara, Rusia, jun 28, 2018. REUTERS/David Gray

ST PETERSBURG (Reuters) - Colombia playmaker James Rodriguez is not as badly injured as feared, raising the possibility he could feature in Tuesday’s World Cup round of 16 clash against England.

The Colombian Football Federation (FCF) issued a statement in the early hours of Sunday giving an update on Rodriguez.

“James Rodríguez underwent a scan today which showed that he is suffering from minor edema (swelling caused by an accumulation of fluid) in his right leg, but that there has been no muscle tear,” the FCF said.

Rodriguez, who was substituted in the final group game against Senegal, did not take part in training on Saturday and the Federation gave no indication of whether he would be fit to face Gareth Southgate’s side in Moscow.

Colombia striker Miguel Borja also missed the practice session after he felt discomfort in his knee during Friday’s training.

Reporting by Simon Evans, editing by Ed Osmond

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