FIFA World Cup: Colombia's Falcao To Miss World Cup With Injury

Falcao, who is a key player for Colombia and scored nine goals in 13 matches in qualifying, damaged an anterior cruciate ligament in January while playing for Monaco in the French Cup.

updated: June 04, 2014 15:51 IST
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Bogota, Colombia: Monaco striker Radamel Falcao has been left off Colombia's squad for the World Cup after failing to recover from a knee injury.

Coach Jose Pekerman made the announcement at a news conference yesterday from the team's training facility in Buenos Aires, Argentina, dealing a serious blow to the team's chances at the tournament.

Falcao's presence had been in doubt ever since he underwent knee surgery in January. But Colombians had been hoping for a miracle recovery in time for the World Cup as Falcao posted on social media inspirational messages and photos of himself taking nine-kilometer (six-mile) runs.

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