Colombia striker Falcao to miss World Cup

Monaco and Colombia striker Radamel Falcao will miss the World Cup due to injury after he was cut from coach Jose Pekerman’s squad for the finals in Brazil, reports the Daily Telegraph.

Pekerman made the announcement in a news conference in Buenos Aires on Monday, with Falcao having failed to overcome the knee problem which has kept him out of action since January. He has had surgery on the injury, but was unable recover in time to feature in Colombia’s first World Cup since 1998.

It deals a major blow to Colombia’s chances, but they will still be seen by many as dark horses to go a long way in the competition. Despite Falcao’s absence, they are assured of the presence of FC Porto’s Jackson Martinez and Sevilla star Carlos Bacca, who were both prolific in front of goal last season.

Speaking at the news conference, Pekerman said: “We can say to all of Colombia that he did more than was within his power to play. He deserved the right for us to wait and keep the hope alive.”

Colombia have been drawn in World Cup Group C, and take on Greece in their opening match on June 14. Following that, they take on the Ivory Coast and Japan.

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