Colombia striker Radamel Falcao will miss World Cup due to injury

June 2, 6:26 PM

Colombia striker Radamel Falcao will not play in the World Cup after failing to recovery from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.

Head coach José Pékerman made the announcement during a press conference on Monday. 

"It's my sad duty to inform the country that Falcao, Muriel and Luis Amaranto Perea won't be going to Brazil," said Pekerman. 

It's a devastating day for Colombia, who were tipped as one of the competition's favorites because of Falcao, one of the best strikers in the world. 

The onus will now fall on Jackson Martinez and Teofilo Gutierrez to score and score often in Brazil. 

Feature photo courtesy of Reuters

Aug 2, 1:53 PM

Falcao comes off bench in return from injury

Aug 2, 1:53 PM

After over six long months on the sidelines, Radamel Falcao finally made his return to action on Saturday in AS Monaco's 2-2 draw against Valencia.

Falcao, who suffered a torn ACL in his left knee back in January that forced him to miss the World Cup, entered the match in the 70th minute, coming on for Dimitar Berbatov as part of a double-substitution.

It was obviously an emotional moment for the Colombian striker.

The match was part of the ongoing Emirates Cup, a preseason tournament hosted by Arsenal at their ground, the Emirates Stadium. The competition features a bizarre format as four clubs - AS Monaco, Valencia, Benfica, Arsenal - play two matches over the course of two days. Three points are then awarded for a win, one point for a draw, and an additional point for each goal scored.

Feature photo courtesy of Reuters/John Sibley

Aug 1, 7:09 PM

Radamel Falcao to make long-awaited return Saturday in pre-season match vs. Valencia

Aug 1, 7:09 PM

The Tiger is back, and every defender in Ligue 1 should be on high alert.

Monaco manager Leonardo Jardim said Friday that striker Radamel Falcao, out since January after suffering a torn ACL in his left knee (and subsequently being forced to watch Colombia's World Cup venture from the stands), will return to action this weekend in the Emirates Cup, an annual pre-season tournament.

Jardim said that Falcao, 28, will play 15-20 minutes in Saturday's match against Valencia, and may get more time the following day when the French side takes on Arsenal.

The player himself confirmed the news on Twitter, needing minimal words to describe what it took for him to recover following the debilitating injury.

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July 27, 12:00 PM

Radamel Falcao expected to return from injury at Emirates Cup

July 27, 12:00 PM

After being forced to watch Colombia reach the quarterfinals of the World Cup from the sidelines, Radamel Falcao is set to make his long-awaited comeback from injury when AS Monaco take on Valencia at the Emirates Cup next weekend.

Speaking to l'Equipe, manager Leonardo Jardim said: "I think he will be able to start playing again at the Emirates Cup. He is now in the final phase of his recuperation."

Falcao suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, an injury that required surgery and ruled out his participation in the rest of the 2013-14 Ligue 1 season as well as the World Cup.

On Friday, the Colombian striker sent out the following tweet, claiming that he had undergone some tests in Porto and is hopeful of returning to action soon.

Feature photo courtesy of Reuters/Enrique Marcarian

May 26, 7:08 PM

Falcao participates during Colombia's training session

May 26, 7:08 PM

Radamel Falcao was seen participating in a light training session Monday with his Colombian teammates as he works towards match fitness for June's World Cup in Brazil.

The Monaco striker suffered a ruptured cruciate ligament in January and Colombian manager Jose Pekerman says he will avoid naming the official 23-man roster until he's certain whether or not Falcao is able to participate.

"I'll wait until the last day, until the last hour, the last minute, to give out my list of 23," Pekerman said, via the Daily Mail.

Ever since injuring his knee, Falcao's been adamant about his ability to return from such a serious injury, despite the fact England's Theo Walcott suffered a similar injury three weeks before and was ruled out of the competition almost immediately after the injury occurred.

Time is running out, as the deadline to submit final rosters for the tournament is June 2.

May 17, 8:14 AM

Falcao returns to training with Monaco

May 17, 8:14 AM

MONACO - Colombia striker Radamel Falcao returned to training with his Monaco teammates on Friday for the first time since injuring his knee in January, the Ligue 1 club announced.

Falcao, 28, suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during a last-32 French Cup match against amateur side Chasselay, ruling him out for the rest of the season and putting his participation at the World Cup in serious doubt.

However, he has been included in Jose Pekerman's provisional 30-man squad for the finals in Brazil in the hope that he can recover in time.

Ahead of Monaco's final league match, at home to Bordeaux on Saturday, Falcao was back in the Principality to continue to work his way back to fitness.

Falcao "didn't miss out on the opportunity to join his teammates for the final training session of the season," read a statement on the club's website.

"He was keen to catch up with his teammates and take part in the session," added the club without going into further detail.

In Friday's edition of the Spanish sports daily Marca, Falcao revealed it would be "impossible" for him to be fully fit for the World Cup but didn't rule out the possibility of going to the tournament.

The forward said a decision "will be taken very soon" as to whether he'll be a part of the Colombia squad, which must be finalised by June 2.

"To go (to Brazil) 100 percent ready in a footballing sense will be impossible because I'm short of playing time. To sum things up, if I feel good, I will go. If I see that I'm not sure of myself and that I have nothing to bring to the team, I'll be reasonable and stay behind."

Colombia have been drawn in Group C at the World Cup along with Greece, the Ivory Coast and Japan.

They will face Greece in their opening game in Belo Horizonte on June 14.

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May 13, 3:16 PM

Colombia's Falcao named to provisional World Cup squad despite recent knee surgery

May 13, 3:16 PM

To the delight* of the footballing world, Monaco striker Radamel Falcao is among the 30 players named to Colombia's provisional World Cup squad, despite still recovering from a torn ACL.

*Colombia was drawn in Group C alongside Greece, the Ivory Coast and Japan, so it's more than likely that fans of those nations aren't entirely pleased with this news.

The Monaco star, who has not played since undergoing knee surgery in January to repair the damage incurred during a Coupe de France match that same month, was given roughly a 50-50 chance by his doctors to be fit for the tournament at the time of the operation.

While this announcement by manager Jose Pekerman is a step in the right direction, Falcao is still not in the clear. Considering the gluttony of attacking talent at the team's disposal (Jackson Martinez, James Rodriguez, Carlos Bacca, Luis Muriel), the 28-year-old is not in a position where he needs to be rushed back ahead of schedule.

That said, his presence instantly makes Colombia a more frightening prospect for every other team in the tournament.

The man affectionately known as El Tigre highlights a squad that is being tipped by many as one that has the potential to turn heads at next month's tournament. The term 'dark horse' is thrown around to describe far too many teams nowadays, but the Colombians are the ones being labelled with that (positive) title more so than any other.

You can see the full 30-man squad here.

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Feb 12, 1:07 PM

Falcao completes first phase of recovery; doctor gives him '55 percent' chance of making World Cup

Feb 12, 1:07 PM

After suffering a torn ACL in a Coupe de France match last month, it was initially thought that Monaco striker Radamel Falcao had no hope of recovering in time to feature for Colombia at the upcoming World Cup.

While its still remains unlikely that the man affectionately known as El Tigre will be making the trip to Brazil in June, there seems to be a heightened sense of optimism around the striker's recovery.

Dr. Jose Carlos Noronha, who operated on the 28-year-old's damaged knee, said there is "a 55 percent chance of playing in the World Cup" for Falcao, with his club side also providing an encouraging update on the situation Wednesday.

"Radamel Falcao has successfully completed the first phase of his recovery further to the operation on his left knee.

"AS Monaco FC and the player would like to thank all the people who took care of Falcao in Porto, in particular the medical department of Doctor Jose Carlos Noronha and the FC Porto club.

"Radamel Falcao is going to pursue from this Thursday the second phase of his recovery in the sport clinic in Madrid, in close collaboration with the medical department of AS Monaco FC.''

Fingers crossed.

[H/T: ESPN FC]

Feb 6, 2:41 PM

VIDEO: Falcao going through light rehab exercises following surgery on torn ACL

Feb 6, 2:41 PM

Slow and steady wins the race.

That's the major takeaway from the following video, which Colombia and Monaco striker Falcao posted Thursday, just 12 days after undergoing surgery to repair a torn ACL in his left knee.

Falcao will, in all likelihood, miss the upcoming World Cup as a result of the injury, despite the fact that his doctors are optimistic he could make a full recovery in time (see post immediately below).

[H/T: 101 Great Goals]

Jan 25, 8:16 AM

Falcao undergoes successful surgery; could play at World Cup

Jan 25, 8:16 AM

Monaco forward Radamel Falcao underwent successful surgery to repair a torn ACL on Saturday. 

The Colombian star is likely to miss the World Cup as a result of the injury, but the doctor who performed the operation is optimistic. 

Dr.Jose Carlos Noronha believes the 27-year-old has a chance of playing in Brazil. "There's a possibility of him going," he said according to the Associated Press, stating "it's not out of the question." He then gave Falcao a better than 50 percent chance of playing in the tournament. 

Falcao recorded nine goals in 17 league appearances for the free spending French club. 

Jan 23, 10:38 AM

Analysis: Falcao to miss World Cup after suffering torn ACL

Jan 23, 10:38 AM

So with every World Cup it seems, a big star has to miss out. For Colombia however, who finished second in an extremely difficult CONMEBOL group (just two points shy of Argentina), the loss of Falcao is equivalent to Argentina losing Messi or Uruguay losing Suarez, which is so obvious it seems silly to write. 

Not that Colombia are without depth, with River Plate's Teófilo Gutiérrez and Jackson Martinez both performing well for the national team up front. But Falcao was tied with Higuain for nine goals in qualifying, tied for third highest in the group. He's scored 20 in 51 national team caps.  

Things can change in a World Cup, and despite the romantic idea of the one-man team (particularly following Maradona's World Cup in '86), modern football is more sophisticated. Colombia should be buoyed a little by a merciful Group C comprised of Japan, Ivory Coast and Greece. And for the narrative spinners, there's always the tale of the team that overcomes the loss of an important figure. 

For the rest of us though who like seeing the brightest stars on the biggest stage, this just plain sucks.  

Jan 23, 9:41 AM

Report: Falcao to miss World Cup after suffering torn ACL

Jan 23, 9:41 AM

Reports are beginning to trickle in regarding the status of Monaco star Radamel Falcao following his injury in Wednesday's Coupe De France match, and the news is bitterly disappointing if proved true.

According to multiple sources, the Colombian star will miss the upcoming World Cup after doctors confirmed that he suffered a torn ACL.

Arguably the best pure striker in the world at the moment, Falcao was expected to spearhead a Colombian side with ambitions of making a deep run at the competition in Brazil.

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Monaco have confirmed in an official statement that Falcao will indeed undergo surgery "in the next few days" to repair the damage done to his ACL. 

However, the French club did not disclose how much time the striker will spend on the sidelines. That announcement should come some time after the procedure, and it would be a big surprise if the recovery time was pegged at anything under six months.

Jan 22, 1:25 PM

Falcao suffers leg injury during Coupe De France match

Jan 22, 1:25 PM

Radamel Falcao was stretchered off the field with an apparent leg injury during Monaco's Coupe De France match versus Monts d'Or Azergues Foot.   

The Colombian international was forced to leave the game four minutes before halftime.

[Courtesy: beIN Sport]

There are concerns Falcao could miss the World Cup as a result of the injury. 

Monaco defeated Monts d'Or Azergues Foot 3-0.