BUENOS AIRES - Colombia first choice
goalkeeper David Ospina is a doubt to play the Copa America
after he suffered a suspected broken nose in a collision with
team-mate Hugo Rodallega during a practice game on Tuesday.
The pair were playing on opposite sides in Colombia's first
practice in the north-central city of Santa Fe since arriving in
Argentina for the regional tournament which starts Friday.
Television footage on Fox Sports showed striker Rodallega,
charging down a pass outside the box, caught Ospina in the face
with his shoulder when the goalkeeper came out to kick the ball
"He has a fracture and we're going to establish the severity
of the injury. We're not sure if the player can [play the Copa]
or not," Colombia team doctor Carlos Ulloa said.
"If it's a small fissure we'll pass him fit, if not, then we
won't," he told Fox Sports.
Ospina, who lay motionless after the impact, received
pitchside treatment before being taken from the training ground
by a member of the coaching staff who held a dressing pad to the
No-one with the team was immediately available to confirm
the severity of the injury.
Colombia are in Group A with hosts Argentina, Bolivia and
Costa Rica. They meet Costa Rica in their opening match in the
north-western city of Jujuy on Saturday.
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