When will James Rodríguez play again for São Paulo?

After being diagnosed with a muscular injury in the thigh on April 15, James did not travel with the team to Guayaquil
Josué Seixas
2024-04-24 14:03:38

The absence of James Rodríguez in São Paulo’s recent matches has sparked curiosity among fans about when the Colombian player will be back in the team.

After being diagnosed with a muscular injury in the thigh on April 15, James did not travel with the team to Guayaquil and is absent for coach Luis Zubeldía’s debut this Thursday (25) against Barcelona-EQU in the group stage of the Libertadores.


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When will the Colombian return to the squad?

  • The new coaching staff of Tricolor has not set a recovery timeline for James, but the club is working intensively for the player to return to the team as soon as possible.
  • The expectation is that the Colombian may be available on Monday (28) when São Paulo faces Palmeiras in the fourth round of the Brasileirão at Morumbi.
  • If James does not recover in time for the derby, the expectation is that he will be included by Zubeldía for the first leg against Águia de Marabá on May 2 in the third round of the Copa do Brasil.

Preparation and challenges

While seeking his recovery, São Paulo is focused on their upcoming challenges. The team trained in Ecuadorian soil on Wednesday (24) afternoon, finalizing the preparation for the match against Barcelona de Guayaquil.

In the Libertadores table, São Paulo currently holds the second position in Group B with three points, behind Talleres-ARG, who leads the group with four points. Barcelona de Guayaquil is in third place with two points, while Cobresal-CHI is at the bottom with one point.

Overcoming challenges

São Paulo’s campaign in the Libertadores has had its ups and downs so far. The team started with a 2-1 loss to Talleres in Argentina but bounced back in the second round by defeating Cobresal 2-0 at Morumbi.

The anticipation for James Rodríguez’s return adds an extra dose of expectation to São Paulo’s upcoming matches, especially considering the Colombian’s importance to the team.

His presence on the field can be crucial for the team to seek positive results and maintain their aspirations in both the Libertadores and the Brasileirão, as well as the Copa do Brasil.

Anticipated return

Monitoring James’s recovery progress and awaiting his return to the field becomes a point of attention for São Paulo fans, who hope to soon see the talent of the Colombian midfielder shining again in the tricolor jersey.

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