Falcao to miss World Cup as Colombia releases 23-man list

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The Monaco striker sustained ligament damage in his knee in January.


The Colombian striker, Radamel Falcao has failed to recover from a serious knee injury in time to make Jose Peckerman’s squad for the World Cup.
The Monaco striker sustained ligament damage on his knee while playing in a Coupe de France encounter against Monts d’Or Azergues in January. Although he was able to train with the squad, he will not be risked for the summer’s tournament.

“The doctors have been very clear; now is not the time for Falcao to return to competition,” Coach Pekerman told journalists.

The ex-Atletico Madrid attacker has been fighting a race against time from the moment he was struck down, though when he returned to training with his club in the final week of the Ligue 1 campaign there had been tentative optimism he would be fit.

However, that has not been the case, and after failing to feature in any of Colombia’s warm-up friendlies to date, he will not be amongst the playing party to travel to Brazil, where matches against Greece, Ivory Coast and Japan await in the group stage.

Colombia squad in full:

Goalkeepers: David Ospina; Faryd Mondragon; Camilo Vargas.

Defenders: Juan Camilo Zuniga; Pablo Armero; Santiago Arias; Eder Alvarez Balanta; Mario Alberto Yepes; Carlos Valdes; Cristian Zapata.

Midfielders: Carlos Sanchez; Abel Aguilar; Alexander Mejia; Freddy Guarin; Juan Guillermo Cuadrado; James Rodriguez; Juan Fernando Quintero; Aldo Leao Ramirez; Victor Ibarbo.

Strikers: Jackson Martinez; Adrian Ramos; Teofilo Gutierrez; Carlos Bacca.

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