Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos will not be called up by Colombia for March’s World Cup qualifiers, according to head coach Reinaldo Rueda.
FIFA recently made exceptions to some football clubs in countries where there are extended isolation periods, meaning clubs are not required to release their players for international games.
Rueda is quoted by The Scottish Sun as saying he won’t be calling up players from the UK for this very reason.
The Colombia boss said, “I have been having constant communication with all the players in the UK and they are all aware that of course, I want them in this squad for the start of the World Cup qualifiers.
“Sadly, because of the Covid measures taken by Governments, there is very little we can do about getting them over here for the two matches.
“We all know this is happening and, accordingly, we have made plans to call up other players and that’s why we held a camp this month with locally-based players.”
Morelos is usually included in Colombia’s squads and his country will be at a disadvantage without him available for their World Cup qualifiers.
This is a considerable boost for Rangers though as if Morelos did link up with his international teammates he would have to miss potentially weeks of league football while isolating on his return to the UK.
With the Gers looking to push on in the Europa League after essentially wrapping up the title this would be far from ideal.
Steven Gerrard needs his best players available if he is to progress further into the Europa League and Morelos has the potential to be key in that area.
Morelos looks to have found his best form this season too as he picked up three assists against Royal Antwerp on Thursday before picking up another assist and scoring himself against Dundee United just a few days later.
Not losing him for an extended period is a huge boost for us.
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