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James Rodriguez set for Colombia return
BOGOTA, Sept. 30 -- Bayern Munich midfielder James Rodriguez has been recalled to Colombia's squad for friendlies against the United States and Costa Rica.
The 27-year-old missed the team's September friendlies against Venezuela and Argentina because of a lingering calf problem sustained before the World Cup in Russia in June.
He is joined in the 24-man squad by two uncapped players: Deportes Tolima goalkeeper Alvaro Montero and Santa Fe midfielder Juan David Roa, the Colombian football federation said in a statement.
As expected, the squad includes Monaco striker Radamel Falcao, River Plate playmaker Juan Fernando Quintero and Napoli goalkeeper David Ospina.
Colombia will play the United States on October 11 and Costa Rica five days later, with both matches scheduled at the Red Bull Arena in New Jersey.
The Cafeteros will be coached by Arturo Reyes, who is in charge on a caretaker basis following the resignation of Argentine Jose Pekerman.