"We had good news after his medical test (two days ago)".
Young and inexperienced, England is still hungry to beat Colombia and end its run of 12 years without winning a World Cup knockout game. "After his MRI (scan) we knew that he doesn't have a serious injury", Pekerman told reporters.
"He might be with us, he is buying his wife curries and all sorts of things to try to aid the speed of the process but for me, again, it is a bit of perspective in life because everybody says you only get one chance to be in a World Cup but also there is only one day in your life when your children are born", he said.
If Rodriguez can't play, Pekerman said forward Luis Muriel will step in - as he did against Senegal.
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"The players have been able to change perceptions of how an England team might play".
Captain Radamel Falcao spoke of "a game we always dreamt to play since we were kids" but would not see it as a revenge of sorts after unsuccessful spells at Manchester United and Chelsea between 2014 and 2016.
The team has previously said a swelling was found in Rodriguez's calf muscle.
The 52-year-old added: "But I'm really happy that we received England instead of Belgium, because Belgium is a strong team".
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England took its foot off the accelerator after an initial two games that couldn't have gone better, resting Kane and seven other regulars in a group match against Belgium that only mattered for either side because it determined who they'd play next.
"This gives us an important opportunity because we have played very tough, decisive matches until now", Pekerman said.
A win against Colombia would leave England among as the favourites to reach the final from their side of the bracket, and the Three Lions' all-time leading goal scorer said the young squad have the ability to take the game to the South Americans.
"We're a team that doesn't carry any passengers", Southgate said.
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"I think we've been in this position before many times over the last however many years", Southgate said.