James Rodriguez not rushing recovery – Carlos Bacca

James Rodriguez not rushing recovery – Carlos Bacca


Colombia and Sevilla forward Carlos Bacca has said compatriot James Rodriguez is not taking any risks as he looks to recover from his broken metatarsal.

The 23-year-old picked up the injury in Real Madrid’s 2-1 win over Sevilla last month and has been out of action ever since. He is not expected to make a first team return until the end of March at the earliest, or early April perhaps.

With Madrid hopeful of progressing to the latter stages of the Champions League and looking to win their first league championship since 2012, and with the Copa America coming up in the summer, Bacca said last summer’s World Cup top scorer wants to ensure he is fully fit and won’t suffer any setback.

Speaking to Win Sports, Bacca said: “James is fine, he is in good spirits and he is in no rush to speed up his recovery process”

“He says that these kinds of injuries take their time to heal and can be difficult because you can be tricked into thinking you are progressing quicker than you are – you gain a week in the recovery time then suddenly, you’re four weeks behind schedule. We need him to be 100 per cent fully recovered for the Copa America.”