With 128 days without playing an official match, the future of James Rodríguez remains uncertain. His club, Al-Rayyan, gives less and less news about him and, in fact, he already debuted yesterday in the All-Star League in Qatar, without the Colombian even appearing on the substitute bench .
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Al-Rayyan lost 0-1 with Al-Shamal on Wednesday and thus prolonged a bad moment that had him fighting not to be relegated last season, when the team had been armed to fight for the title, with James as the banner of that list, which was eighth among 12 teams.
The absence of James in the call and in the latest Al-Rayyan publications cast doubt on his continuity in that club. They even released a version from Qatar that the Colombian had been injured again.
“James Rodríguez injured a muscle. He can be absent for more than two months. May God help Al Rayyan fans,” Hassan Al-Otaibi, a former player for the club and the Qatari national team, and today a commentator for his country's national team, posted on his Twitter account.
The player himself, who had not appeared in recent days on social networks either, except to congratulate the Colombian National Team for the subtitle of the Copa América Femenina , came out to remove the version that emerged from Qatar .
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“Watch out! There are false information and imprecise press versions that speak about me and an alleged long-term injury. None of this is true, see you soon on the courts”, James wrote. if he will continue in the club or change his air.
With just glimpses of the talent that took him to clubs like Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Monaco, Porto and Everton, and which led him to be the top scorer in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and the second highest scorer of the National Team in all history , the Colombian was very affected by injuries last season: he was barely able to play 15 games, in which he contributed five goals and seven assists.
James, 31, has not played an official match since March 29, when he scored the goal of Colombia's triumph against Venezuela in the last qualifying date for the World Cup in Qatar, to which the National Team failed to qualify.
Where is James going to play? The player's intention was to return to Europe and press reports spoke of a possibility of returning to Porto, something that the club ruled out outright.
There was also talk of an alleged interest from West Ham to return to the Premier League and another from Rome to play in Serie A, the only one of the five major leagues in Europe in which he has not acted. But nothing in particular.
The closest thing James had to leaving Al-Rayyan was the proposal from Brazil's Botafogo, which, according to press reports, even reached an agreement with the Qatari club for the transfer of the player. But it was the Colombian himself who gave up the idea of returning to South America, for now.
The pass books in Europe are closed to later this month, but the options of a change of club are less and less for James.