Colombia midfielder Edwin Valencia to miss World Cup

Edwin Valencia of Colombia controls the ball during the International Friendly match between Colombia and Serbia at the Mini Estadi Stadium on August 14, 2013
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Fluminense midfielder Edwin Valencia becomes the fourth player to bow out of Colombia's World Cup squad through injury.

Fluminense midfielder Edwin Valencia has been cut from Colombia's World Cup squad after failing to recover from injury in time for the finals.

The 29-year-old bowed out due to the same ailment that has plagued him all season, according to national team coach Jose Pekerman.

"The injuries and problems Valencia has carried do not allow him to reach the form the national team needs in the World Cup," Sky Sports News quotes the Argentine-born boss as saying.

"We are forced to leave him out, considering that he will not make it in the best physical condition."

Valencia is the fourth player to be cut from Pekerman's provisional squad through injury, following America defender Aquivaldo Mosquera, Mainz midfielder Elkin Soto and Al Shabab midfielder Macnelly Torres.

Colombia face Greece, Ivory Coast and Japan in Group C.

Defender Camilo Zuniga in action for Colombia against Ecuador on September 06, 2013.
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