Radamel Falcao Injury: Updates on Monaco Star's Knee and Recovery

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistJanuary 22, 2014

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Updates from Sunday, July 27

Radamel Falcao is progressing in his recovery, according to the Press Association, via the Guardian:

The Monaco coach, Leonardo Jardim, expects Radamel Falcao to make his long-awaited comeback from injury at the Emirates Stadium next weekend.


Jardim told L’Equipe: 'I think he will be able to start playing again at the Emirates Cup. He is now in the final phase of his recuperation.'

Updates from Friday, May 30

A decision on Radamel Falcao's fitness for the World Cup is expected on Sunday, and the Monaco striker is making positive noises about his inclusion.

Colombia's star forward is quoted saying by Pete Jenson of the Daily Mail:

The closer the World Cup gets, the more I am thinking I don’t want to be just watching in Brazil. I have worked hard to make sure that is not going to be the case but with an injury it’s not just how hard you work, it’s also how patient and calm you can be.


I don’t come into the tournament with the weight of a long season in my legs so that could be an advantage. Providing my knee is fine, the rest of me is well rested and fresh.

Updates from Thursday, May 29

Radamel Falcao was filmed training with the Colombia squad on Wednesday as he continues his bid to be fit for the World Cup.

The Monaco man is yet to confirm whether he will be ready to take his place in Colombia's final 23-man squad:

Updates from Thursday, May 15

Radamel Falcao is currently 60 percent fit, according to the player's father, Radamel Garcia.

Falcao was recently named in Colombia's World Cup squad, and Garcia told Colombian radio station RNC, per ESPN FC's Ian Holyman:

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He's practically 60 percent recovered. Now, he is just lacking the rest: the resistance; the strength; the speed; the coordination, the fundamental things for a top-level athlete.

Clinically, he's very good. The problem is that he isn't in football terms. Up till now, what he has got back is his physical shape. So we'll have to see what happens between now and the World Cup.

Updates from Wednesday, April 30

Radamel Falcao is happy with how his recovery from a serious knee injury is going and appears confident he will return at the World Cup.

He told Monaco's official TV channel, per ESPN FC's Mark Rodden:

I’m happy because I’m recovering well from my knee injury -- everything is developing favourably. 

That’s allowing me to work well so that I might be able to keep my physical level. I hope it will continue like that.

Updates from Saturday, April 19

Mark Bowering of Goal.com has the latest on Falcao's status:

And his surgeon, Jose Carlos Noronha, expects Falcao to be in Brazil, even if he has not quite fully recovered.

"At the highest level, at the beginning of the competition, Falcao may not be 100 per cent," Noronha told Lusa.

"I think he will go to the World Cup."

Falcao revealed earlier this month that his recovery is going to plan, although he stopped short of saying for certain that he will back in time.

The former Atletico Madrid forward said: "I hope that I can play in the World Cup, but it's still too soon to be certain.

"I'm a little ahead of what was expected, but we know very well that it's day to day that we'll see the evolution. I have the desire and motivation to return."

Updates from Wednesday, March 26

Paulo Frietas of Sky Sports has the latest on Falcao's recovery:

Talking to Portuguese station Radio Renascenca, Noronha stated: "If the magnetic resonance imaging shows a darker aspect of the new ligament and an absence of inflammatory process around it, we will be able to let Falcao go on the pitch at the end of week 12.

"He could then resume jogging without big changing of direction or rough acceleration.

"Then, from the fourth month, he could be completely ready to play on the pitch, so would be ready for June 14 [Colombia's opening World Cup match with Greece]."

Updates from Saturday, March 15

Paulo Friedas of Sky Sports has the latest on Falcao's status:

Falcao has now admitted to Monaco's official TV station that he is very happy with how his recovery is going.

"I am feeling well and the progress of my knee has been spectacular, I work a bit more each day, my recovery is progressing in a positive way," Falcao said.

"I hope to recover well and be in the World Cup, although I am focused mostly on my job and this current moment."

Falcao has been keeping track of Monaco's season during his rehabilitation and he is delighted to see them firmly on track for the Champions League.

"I watch all Monaco matches, we will keep improving, there were many changes this season and we should not rush things, but our team are slowly feeling better, and our main goal is to play the Champions League next season."

Updates from Thursday, March 13

Radamel Falcao should be fit to play at the World Cup, according to the surgeon who performed the operation on his damaged knee.

Surgeon Jose Carlos Noronha told L'Equipe, as reported by the Press Association via ESPN FC:

Each case is different but he is on the right track.

He has recovered very well. I still believe he could play at the World Cup, there is no reason why it could not work.

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:

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:

Courtesy of Falcao via Instagram

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:

Matt Spiro of Ligue1.com reports the player responsible for Falcao's injury was distraught after hearing about it:

 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.

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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:

Falcao has scored nine times in 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:

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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