Colombia boss Reinaldo Rueda has explained why Rangers star Alfredo Morelos won’t be involved in his upcoming squad for the World Cup qualifiers against Brazil and Paraguay – but insists he has been in constant contact with El Bufalo.

FIFA agreed that clubs would not have to release players where there is a mandatory quarantine period of five days or more on return to their club, meaning Morelos and Everton’s James Rodriguez and Yerry Mina, Spurs stopper Davinson Sanchez, Bournemouth midfielder Jefferson Lerma and Brighton’s Steven Alzate will almost certainly have to miss out.

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Morelos in action for Colombia (Photo by Raul ARBOLEDA / AFP) (Photo by RAUL ARBOLEDA/AFP via Getty Images)

Rueda, who replaced Carlos Quieroz, has instead called up a squad of “locally-based player” as they continue their qualifying campaign for next year’s World Cup.

“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,” Rueda  said [Daily Record]

“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 has nine caps for Colombia, scoring once and El Bufalo will be hoping he can help fire his country to next year’s World Cup in Qatar.

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Morelos of Colombia during a match between Colombia and Venezuela (Photo by Gabriel Aponte/Getty Images)

The Rangers star has returned with a bang after serving a three-match domestic suspension and will be hoping he can fire the Light Blues further in the Europa League this season.

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