The Colombian midfielder took part in nine matches for Los Cafeteros during the World Cup qualifying phase, scoring his lone goal in a 5-0 win over Bolivia back on March 22. Yet he was fundamental in the match against Chile where he came in at halftime and helped Colombia come back from a 3-0 deficit and earn their first World Cup spot in 16 years. At that point he was a fundamental part of the national team but his participation with the squad reduced after he moved to Al Shabab after coming to terms with the club on a five-year US$4.5 million deal.
This could leave a spot open for Porto youngster Juan Fernando Quintero, who got the attention of Pekerman after his performances last year in the South American U-20 Championships as well as in the U-20 World Cup in Turkey. Pekerman will give out his final list on June 2, two days after their friendly against Senegal at the Nuevo Gasómetro in Buenos Aires.