Colombia are set to be without Juan Fernando Quintero at the Copa América after he suffered a ruptured cruciate ligament, the Copa Libertadores champions have confirmed.
Quintero sustained the injury, which is set to rule him out of Colombia’s Copa América campaign later this year, during Sunday’s 3-0 Argentine Primera División win over Independiente.
Tras los estudios realizados, se confirmó que Juan Fernando Quintero sufrió la rotura del ligamento cruzado anterior de su rodilla izquierda.
— River Plate (@CARPoficial) March 18, 2019
Quintero earned a recall to the Colombia squad and impressed as his country reached the last-16 of the 2018 World Cup.
He secured a permanent place in the hearts of River fans with a spectacular goal to give Marcelo Gallardo’s men an extra-time lead in their gripping Libertadores final triumph over bitter rivals Boca Juniors in December.
Last month, Quintero signed a new River contract that increased his release clause from 22m to 30m euros, in the wake of speculation over a return to Europe that has seen Real Madrid tipped to swoop. He scored six goal in 16 top-flight appearances this season.