Colombia will be without James Rodriguez, the 2014 World Cup's leading scorer, in Rio.
Colombia won't have the services of James Rodriguez at this summer's Olympics, according to Spanish newspaper La Marca.
Rodriguez will reportedly be released by Real Madrid for the Copa América Centenario. Rodriguez is eligible to be one of Colombia's overage players for Rio. The club decision is the opposite of that of Neymar and Barcelona, who decided to play the striker in the Olympics and not the Copa América.
“James spoke privately with coaches from the Colombia senior team and the decision was taken for him to go to the Copa America,” Colombia soccer federation president Ramon Jesurun told ESPNFC. “It is understandable. It was very difficult for him to go to both tournaments, you must understand that.”
Rodriguez won the Golden Boot at the 2014 World Cup as he scored six goals for Los Cafeteros. Colombia was eliminated in the quarterfinals against Brazil.
Colombia's men's soccer team makes its return to the Olympics for the first time since 1992. They did not advance through the first round as they finished 0–2–1.
Soccer at the Olympics will run from August 3-20.