Updates from Friday, Feb. 28
James Rodriguez, the Monaco teammate of Radamel Falcao, has revealed the Colombian remains confident he will play at the World Cup.
Speaking to Monaco's official website, Rodriguez said:
I spoke to Falcao yesterday on the phone.
He's working hard, he's very determined and confident that he will make it to the World Cup.
Updates from Wednesday, Feb. 12
Radamel Falcao's bid to be fit in time for the World Cup remains on track after he completed phase one of his treatment this week. Monaco released the following statement, provided by FIFA.com:
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.
Updates from Tuesday, Jan. 28
Radamel Falcao has undergone an operation on his damaged knee and says he is more confident than ever that he will go to the World Cup with Colombia.
ESPN FC quotes the Monaco forward saying:
I am convinced that everything is going to be OK and I will be able to give the best I have (at the World Cup).
When they told me at first that I had a serious injury and there was only a small chance of participating (in Brazil), I didn’t care whether it was 10, 20 or 50 percent. I was counting on that chance.
This is my hope and with this dream I will work every day. A lot has to do with my emotional state. This is something that I can manage each day.
Updates from Saturday, Jan. 25
Radamel Falcao provided a statement on Twitter acknowledging that accidents happen in soccer and that Soner Ertek should not blame himself for the injury:
Soner Ertek gracias por tus mensajes. No te culpes por lo sucedido son accidentes del fútbol.— Radamel Falcao (@FALCAO) January 25, 2014
Fox Sports' Staff (via the Associated Press) provides a statement from Falcao's surgeon, Jose Carlos Noronha, discussing Falcao's recovery:
The Portuguese doctor who performed the operation said ''there's a possibility'' of Falcao going to the tournament in Brazil.
Jose Carlos Noronha told reporters that ''it's not out of the question'' and gave Falcao a better than 50 percent chance.
''It went well,'' Noronha said. ''The light at the end of the tunnel isn't small.''
Updates from Friday, Jan. 24
Falcao insists he has not given up hope of playing at the World Cup. He posted the following Instagram message, with the translation below:
I want to thank all of you for so many messages of support in these last hours. I have been moved by the affection shown to me from different parts of the world. I'm not going to hide that my sadness is great, my heart is broken. But there is a hope the size of a grain of mustard on to which I cling, and that's enough to believe that my World Cup dream is alive. God makes possible the improbable, and I believe in Him!
Updates from Thursday, Jan. 23
According to Bleacher Report's Guillem Balague, Falcao injured his cruciate ligament and will be out until after the World Cup:
EFE agency says that @FALCAO did his cruciate and will miss the World Cup. Club have not confirmed yet— Guillem Balague (@GuillemBalague) January 23, 2014
Matt Spiro of Ligue1.com reports the player responsible for Falcao's injury was distraught after hearing about it:
Amateur player who prompted Falcao injury, Soner Ertek, close to tears after match: 'If Falcao's season is over, I'll never forgive myself'— Matt Spiro (@mattspiro) January 22, 2014
Monaco released a statement on their star striker's knee, according to the team's official website:
Following Wednesday's injury, Radamel Falcao made a diagnostic examination. It appears that the player is suffering from trauma in the left knee with lesion of ligament anterior cruciate.
The player will have surgery in next few days. Doctors will do everything possible to speed up recovery.
According to beIN Sports, the superstar could be out for some time:
There are fears that Radamel Falcao could miss the 2014 World Cup after suffering a seemingly serious knee injury in Monaco's Coupe de France clash with Chasselay on Wednesday.
The Colombia international opened the scoring just before the half-hour mark but was left holding his left leg in a crumpled heap after a heavy challenge four minutes before the break. Falcao immediately called for medical attention and was stretched from the field, grimacing in pain.
KICKTV on Twitter provided a look at the play that injured Falcao:
The club released a statement on the player's injury, courtesy of Eurosport:
MONACO STATEMENT: 'Falcao was hit in the left knee. We must wait for further tests in the coming days to clarify the nature of the injury.'— Eurosport.com EN (@EurosportCom_EN) January 22, 2014
Falcao has scored nine times 17 appearances for AS Monaco in France's Ligue 1. He is currently the leading scorer of a squad that has climbed all the way to second place in the league table behind Paris Saint-Germain.
This production comes on the heels of a transfer from Atletico Madrid worth a reported £51 million. He scored 52 league goals in the past two seasons with the La Liga squad.
However, this injury could be even more devastating to Colombia if he is forced to miss the 2014 World Cup. The South American squad earned a seeded position at the international tournament and has a good chance of advancing in a group with Greece, Ivory Coast and Japan.
Mark Rodden of Eurosport discusses how important the forward is to his teams:
Bad news for Monaco's title hopes and Colombia's World Cup chances. Falcao stretchered off with what looks like a nasty knee injury— Mark Rodden (@MRodden) January 22, 2014
Hopefully, Falcao will be able to return before he misses the chance to compete in this event that takes place only once every four years.
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