Colombia will miss the services of James Rodriguez when they take on Peru and Ecuador in friendly matches after the midfielder suffered a knee injury during a training session.
Rodriguez is now set to return to Spain in order to undergo medical treatment under the supervision of Real Madrid's medical staff, the Colombian Football Federation (FCF) said in a statement on Friday. The 28-year-old had already been withdrawn from the Cafeteros squad for Friday's clash with Peru near Miami after limping off the training pitch on Thursday with pain in his left knee.
Subsequent medical tests showed that he would also be unavailable for Tuesday's duel with Ecuador in New Jersey, though the FCF did not provide details of the injury.
"After carrying out the pertinent exams, the FCF decided that ... [he] should continue his recovery with Real Madrid," a statement read.
"We wish him a speedy recovery and prompt return."
James has not represented Colombia since the team's Copa America quarterfinal defeat to Chile on penalties in June, having missed subsequent friendlies against Brazil, Venezuela, Chile and Algeria due to physical problems.