Explanation given for Salomon Rondon left out by Venezuela
Whilst Newcastle fans wonder if they will ever see him in a black and white shirt again, Salomon Rondon is being kept busy with preparations for the Copa America.
The Newcastle United/West Brom striker was named in Venezuela’s provisional squad and has been training with his international teammates.
They have friendlies coming up against Mexico (6 June) and the USA (9 June), before kicking off in the Copa America against Peru on 15 June.
However, earlier today (1.30am UK time) Venezuela faced Ecuador in a friendly.
Venezuela took the lead in the 38th minute when Roberto Rosales converted a penalty, the majority of the 12,021 crowd celebrating. The match played at the Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida, with the region having a large Venezuelan ex-pat community.
Former West Ham and Everton striker Enner Valencia though scored an equaliser for Ecuador in injury time after the 90 minutes had elapsed.
Altogether Venezuela used 17 players on the night but Salomon Rondon sat out the entire game.
Concerns about a potential injury for the striker were dismissed though with Venezuela coach Rafael Dudamel saying he was using this game as the last decider on who to include in his final 23 man Copa America squad.
With Rondon being first choice for his country the coach already knows enough about the NUFC loan man, plus with two more friendlies this coming week there will be other chances for Salomon Rondon to get time on the pitch ahead of the tournament.
Claimed Newcastle striking target, 19 year old Jan Carlos Hurtado played the first 45 minutes as the central striker before being subbed. One of half a dozen changes as the Rafael Dudamel had a look at a number of players.
Matters were further complicated for both managers as with Saturday’s (early hours of Sunday in UK) game being a friendly, some players remained with clubs who are in their league seasons.
Venezuela missing eight players, including four who play in the MLS.
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