Brighton and Hove Albion star Steven Alzate was set to be a ‘surprise’ call up to the Colombia squad for the next international break before an injury on Monday seemingly scuppered the plan.
That’s according to the Colombian edition of Marca, who report that Colombia boss Reinaldo Rueda considers Alzate as his ‘Premier League starlet’.
They say that the Colombia squad is set to be announced today for the games against Uruguay, Brazil and Ecuador.
Rueda, though, has encountered ‘obstacles’ to his plans, and one of those is the injury to Alzate.
The Brighton man was set to be ‘one of the surprises’ in the squad for this call-up but is expected to be ruled out due to injury.
He limped out of Brighton’s clash with rivals Crystal Palace on Monday after 20 minutes with an ankle injury and was seen to be in pain when doing so.
There is still no official report on his injury, but the fact he left the game prematurely is a signal that the injury is not a minor one.
And that has ruined Rueda’s plans to bring Alzate back into the international fold as an ‘attacking alternative’ for his squad.
The Colombia coach considers the Brighton man, who has ‘generated great sensations’ in England as ‘his Premier League starlet’, but it seems he will have to wait to use him as intended.