Bayern Munich attacker James Rodriguez took a step closer to making his first competitive appearance for the Bavarian giants after the midfielder came through 90 minutes unscathed for Colombia in their FIFA World Cup qualifier against Brazil on Tuesday.
James hit the post with a second-half free-kick in the 1-1 draw in Barranquilla, and was involved in the build-up to his side's equaliser.
Colombia coach Jose Pekerman had insisted prior to Los Cafeteros' crucial qualifier against Brazil that James was, “doing well,” and in “good shape,” duly selecting the playmaker in the starting line-up as captain.
Following his celebrated summer move on loan from Real Madrid, the 26-year-old trickster’s competitive Bayern debut was put on hold after he sustained a right thigh injury during a pre-season friendly against Liverpool at the beginning of August.
Bayern’s new No.11 missed out on his team’s penalty shootout win over Borussia Dortmund in the Supercup and subsequently sat out back-to-back Bundesliga triumphs against Bayer Leverkusen and Werder Bremen.
Despite the lack of game time, Bayern granted James permission to travel to his homeland for the international break, following careful consultation between team doctor Dr. Volker Braun and the Colombia national team's medical staff.
However, following his return to the international set-up, James could be in line for a taste of the action in Bayern’s mouthwatering Matchday 3 visit to Hoffenheim on Saturday.
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