Real Madrid playmaker James Rodríguez will not be part of Colombia’s Olympic soccer team, according to Spanish media quoting the president of the Colombia soccer federation.
Rodríguez, the leading scorer with six goals at the 2014 World Cup, is expected to play June’s Copa América Centenario, which his club team must release him for if Colombia so chooses.
Real Madrid does not have to release Rodríguez for the Olympics.
The situation is similar to that of Brazilian star Neymar, who is playing the Olympics but not Copa América Centenario after consultation with his club team, FC Barcelona.
Colombia’s men’s soccer team qualified for the Olympics for the first time since 1992 by winning a home-and-home playoff against the U.S.