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Olympiacos awaits James Rodríguez: he returns from injury vs OFI, challenges in Greece | Colombians Abroad

It is the never-ending story of James Rodríguez: when he is available he makes the passes and plays that prove his enormous talent, but that is not the norm as injuries sideline him at key moments. And then, when he finally recovers, he finds that everything is uphill and he, more than a support, becomes an emergency exit. It is not easy to deal with that pressure, except when he repeats himself in all the teams he goes to.

Olympiacos does not seem to be the exception: after a correct debut, without the brightness of yesteryear due to an inactivity of almost six months in Al-Rayyan, he traveled to the United States with the Colombian National Team and returned injured, does it remind you of something? Of course! It happened to him before at Real Madrid and it was, among other things, what dynamited his relationship with Rafa Benítez, who charged him again when they coincided at Everton.

The good news is that coach Míchel, who seems to appreciate him very much, confirmed that the problem this time was not so serious and he will be available for the duel against OFI, as a visitor, this Sunday for the Greek league (8:00 a.m. local time). Colombian).

What landscape will you find? Once again a familiar gray scenario: his team is third in the table with 11 points, one less than AEK but 7 less than the leader Panathinaikos, which has already condemned a DT and forced the return of the current coach. He is virtually eliminated from the Europa League after falling 0-3 against Qarabag on Wednesday and not having any wins in his area. The defensive role, with his friend Marcelo as the protagonist, left many long faces.

So he comes back or at least he will be on the bench. And that is great news because the last times that his injuries were talked about, about which there are never certainties due to his own demands, his recovery took several weeks. This time there were only two games, but the European tournament was the one that hurt the most.

James has the double job of integrating with some teammates he hardly knows (he saw them in a couple of training sessions and traveled with his team), making a difference on the field so that third place in the League, which makes everyone, because Olympiacos is the strongest team economically and sportingly in Greece, don’t become a headache and don’t end up looking at your salary, which even when it’s 60 percent -according to what they say- is still a millionaire, and also accommodate to a new coach like Michel.

It depends on that that he can gain the continuity and the competitive level that he requires to remain on the radar of the Colombian National Team despite all the criticism and questioning. This is James, always against the current.

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