The Colombian National Team will face Paraguay this Tuesday, November 21, in Asunción, in a match on the sixth day of the South American Qualifiers for the 2026 World Cup.
Coach Néstor Lorenzo will have forced changes, due to the return of Jhon Arias to the starting lineup, the injury of Déiver Machado (left back) and the suspension of Dávinson Sánchez in the defensive backline.
And by assembling his team from back to front, the coach would have already cleared up the big doubt about who will be Jhon Jáner Lucumí’s companion in the centre-back pair. Thus, he has three possibilities: Yerry Mina, Carlos Cuesta and Willer Ditta, the defenders who remain in the squad.
The decision would have been made, according to the recent practices of the National Team. Although Yerry Mina has more experience than the other defenders, the starter in Colombia’s XI against the Guaraníes would be Carlos Cuesta, defender of Genk of Belgium, who has greater regularity this season.
In addition, Cuesta knows Daniel Muñoz and Lucumí himself, since all three were playing for the Belgian team until recently. Now Lucumí has been in Bologna in Italy for two seasons, but they spent two years on the same team.