After an assured opening victory over the Americans, Colombia will look to seal their place in the knockout stages of the Copa America Centenario with a win over South American rivals Paraguay. Colombia, however, might have to do that without their star player James Rodriguez, who is a major doubt for this match at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena.
Rodriguez picked up a shoulder injury during the 2-0 win over the USA on Friday, with the Real Madrid playmaker forced out as a result. That shoulder problem has still not healed completely and manager Jose Pekerman said a decision on the 24-year-old's availability will only be taken just before the game.
"James has been evolving, but we know there is always some pain that comes with it," Pekerman said on Monday. "We still have 24 hours before taking a final decision. We don't want to rush, it wouldn't be good. We will give him some more time to be certain. We will take a decision closer to the game."
Considering Rodriguez's importance to the team and the fact that this is still only the group stages, it is unlikely that Pekerman will take any sort of risk with his main man, and rightly too. If Rodriguez is not passed fit, Edwin Cardona has been tipped to take his place and the Monterrey player is expecting a difficult match against the Paraguayans.
"It was a match with a lot of intensity [between Paraguay and Costa Rica] and all matches are different," Cardona said. "We do not know how they are going to face the game against us, but we know that Paraguay always plays the same -- running, good speed and the aggressiveness that make them play the game they want and we need to counteract that and make the game for us.
"We want to be first [in the group], we want to win the game, we know it will be a very difficult match, we have to go out and win."
In that game against Costa Rica, Paraguay showed their defensive solidity, but could not find the back of the net at the other end. The match ended in a 0-0 draw, and while another point might not be the worst thing, Ramon Diaz is keen for his players to stamp their authority on this Copa America 2016.
"In last year's Copa America, we entered the tournament as one of the worst teams and we reached a semifinal," Diaz was quoted as saying by MLS' official website. "So I believe very much in this group, these players...I like the attitude they have, these young people are growing, so for us it is an important game."
Where to Watch Live
Colombia vs Paraguay is scheduled for a 10.30 p.m. ET (3.30 a.m. BST, 8 a.m. IST) start. All the live streaming and TV information is below.
India: TV: Sony ESPN and Sony ESPN HD. Live Streaming: Sony Liv.
USA: TV: Fox Sports 1. Live Streaming: FoxSoccer2Go.
Brazil: TV: SporTV.
South America/Latin America: TV: DirecTV. Live Streaming: DirecTV live.
UK: TV: Premier Sports. Live Streaming: Premier Player.
Mexico: TV: Univision, TDN, Azteca.
Australia, France and Spain: TV: Bein Sports Live Streaming: Bein Sports Connect.
Singapore: Singtel. Live Streaming: Singtel Go.
Thailand: TrueSport 1.