Colombia blow as defender Fabra limps out of World Cup

Colombia blow as defender Fabra limps out of World Cup
Colombia's defender Santiago Arias (2ndR) and Colombia's defender Cristian Zapata (R) stand on the pitch during a training session at the Milanello training centre on June 5, 2018 in Carnago, near Milan, northern Italy, as part of their preparations for the FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia. Football players of the Colombia national team will stay in Milanello for trainings until June 12, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / MIGUEL MEDINA

Colombia left-back Franck Fabra limped out of the World Cup on Saturday in a significant blow to manager Jose Pekerman just 10 days before his side’s first match.

The Boca Juniors defender will miss the tournament after suffering a knee ligament rupture in training, the Colombian football federation said.

Pekerman is due to announce the 27-year-old’s replacement “in the next few hours”, the federation said.

Colombia are in Group H with Poland, Senegal and Japan who they face in their opening fixture on June 19.


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