BOGOTA Colombia (Xinhua) --
Colombia coach Jose Pekerman included Cristian
Zapata and Abel Aguilar in his final 23-man World Cup squad on
Monday despite injury concerns.
AC Milan center-back
Zapata has not played since suffering a hamstring tear in late
April while Deportivo Cali midfielder Aguilar is also recovering
form a leg muscle problem.
In a statement, the
Colombian football federation said both players had stepped up
their recovery after missing the team’s 0-0 draw with Egypt in
Italy on Friday.
As expected, the
Cafeteros squad will be led by Monaco striker Radamel Falcao and
Bayern Munich midfielder James Rodriguez.
Falcao, 32, will be
making his first World Cup appearance, having suffered a serious
knee injury before the 2014 tournament in Brazil.
There was no place
in Pekerman’s squad for Boca Juniors playmaker Edwin Cardona
while Santa Fe youngster William Tesillo and veteran forward
Teofilo Gutierrez also missed out.
Colombia will begin
their campaign in Russia against Japan on June 19 before facing
Poland and Senegal in Group H.
Following is the
Cuadrado (Once Caldas), David Ospina (Arsenal), Camilo Vargas (Deportivo
Arias (PSV), Frank Fabra (Boca Juniors), Yerry Mina (Barcelona),
Johan Mojica (Girona), Oscar Murillo (Pachuca), Davinson Sanchez
(Tottenham), Cristian Zapata (AC Milan)
Aguilar (Deportivo Cali), Wilmar Barrios (Boca Juniors), Juan
Cuadrado (Juventus), Jefferson Lerma (Levante), Juan Quintero
(River Plate), James Rodriguez (Bayern Munich), Carlos Sanchez (Espanyol),
Mateus Uribe (Club America)
Borja (Palmeiras), Radamel Falcao (Monaco), Jose Izquierdo
(Brighton and Hove Albion), Luis Muriel (Sevilla).