08 June 2014 | News Comments

Carbonero handed shock World Cup call-up

Colombia coach Jose Nestor Pekerman has handed a surprise call-up to midfielder Carlos Carbonero ahead of their World Cup campaign.

The 23-year-old, who plays for River Plate in Argentina, has been drafted into the squad as a replacement for Aldo Leao Ramirez, who will miss the tournament in Brazil after suffering an injury in Friday's friendly win against Jordan.

Carbonero's inclusion is unexpected as he has not featured for Colombia since Perkerman took charge in January 2012.

The midfielder is the third River Plate player in Colombia's squad, joining club team-mates Eder Alvarez-Balanta and striker Teofilo Gutierrez.

The South Americans face Greece, Ivory Coast and Japan at Brazil 2014.