Fit again James Rodriguez eyes competitive Bayern Munich bow
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.
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.
Despite not playing since, 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.
Colombia coach Jose Pekerman insisted James was, “doing well,” and in “good shape” prior to Los Cafeteros‘ crucial qualifier against Brazil in Barranquilla, and duly selected the playmaker in the starting line-up as captain. James hit the post with a second-half free-kick in the 1-1 draw, and was involved in the build-up to his side’s equaliser.
“James Rodriguez is a fantastic player; he knows how to open up defences for our strikers with that killer pass,” Bayern coach Carlo Ancelotti said after James’s high-profile arrival at the Allianz Arena. “He can help us play that final pass to our attackers – more often and more effectively,” the tactician added.
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.
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.
Watch: James Rodriguez in training with Bayern Munich …