Colombia talisman and striker “El Tigre” Radamel Falcao has said that he is recovering from his injury and should be ready for the World Cup in June, local media reported on Thursday.
The Colombia star striker underwent surgery in January on his left knee after rupturing the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) during a French league game, but after having completed three months of recovery he says that his leg has responded well to the treatment, El Espectador reported.
“It’s good, it’s always evolving, I am very happy because the response of the knee has been good, so it allows me to keep working and increasing levels of demand so hopefully this will continue this way,” he said.
Falcao, who currently plays for Monaco in France, was seen as one of the major strengths in Colombia’s national team for the upcoming Brazilian World Cup before suffering the knee injury in January.
Although Carlos Noronha — the doctor in charge of the operation — said the Falcao would not be 100% for the World Cup, the presence of the striker is still not confirmed within the lineup and will only be known when Colombia’s coach Jose Pekerman announces the final squad of 23 players.
Immediately following Falcao’s injury it was widely considered that Colombia’s star player would miss the entirety of the 2014 World Cup. Now it seems that with luck El Tigre could be back in action just in time.
Colombia is expected to play well in the competition’s group stages as its Group C is considered to be one of the less name-heavy groups — consisting of Japan, Greece and Ivory Coast.
Colombia kicks off its World Cup campaign on June 14 against Greece, before playing Ivory Coast on June 19 and Japan on June 24.