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Football: Falcao gets cautious World Cup green light

Colombia striker Radamel Falcao will go to the World Cup but risks not being 100 percent fit, the surgeon who operated on the Monaco star's ruptured knee ligaments said Friday. "At the highest level, at the start of the competition, Falcao could not be 100 percent," Jose Carlos Noronha told the Lusa news agency. Falcao, seen as key to Colombia's hopes at the World Cup, suffered the injury in a French Cup match on January 22 and went under the knife three days later in Porto. bh/dj

Football: Injured Falcao hopeful of making World Cup

Colombia striker Radamel Falcao says he is hopeful he can compete in the World Cup as he recovers from a serious knee injury. Falcao, 28, ruptured cruciate ligaments in his knee during a French Cup tie for club side Monaco on January 22 and was operated on days later by pioneering Portuguese surgeon Jose Carlos Noronha in Porto. The striker said he is recovering faster than expected following the surgery using a new technique to treat cruciate ligament damage.

Football: Ranieri hopeful for Falcao World Cup prospects

Monaco coach Claudio Ranieri insisted on Friday that Colombia striker Radamel Falcao could yet recover from injury in time to go to the World Cup in Brazil. "I spoke to him on the phone yesterday (Thursday)," said Ranieri at a press conference ahead of Sunday's top-of-the-table showdown in Ligue 1 against Paris Saint-Germain. "He is calm. He is doing well and he will match the match against Paris on television. He is working hard and his rehabilitation is going fast. "He can see that his knee is reacting well and he is very happy with that."

Football: Falcao to fight to bitter end to make World Cup

Colombian international striker Radamel Falcao said on Monday he would do everything in his power to recover from his serious knee injury in time for the World Cup finals in June. The 27-year-old -- who has yet to appear at world football's showpiece tournament -- ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during his side Monaco's 3-0 win in the French Cup over amateur side Chasselay last Wednesday.

Football: Falcao absolves defender of blame for injury

Monaco and Colombia striker Radamel Falcao on Saturday insisted that the amateur defender whose challenge left him with a seriously injured knee should not be made a scapegoat. Falcao crumbled to the ground under a tackle from Chasselay's Soner Ertek during Monaco's 3-0 win in the French Cup on Wednesday. He was left with a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee and risks missing the World Cup in Brazil. Ertek has since received intimidating messages and he and has wife have both closed their Facebook accounts as a result.

Football: Falcao surgeon keeps stricken striker's World Cup door ajar

Falcao's surgeon on Friday said "there is still hope" that Colombia's stricken star striker could make it to the World Cup. The Monaco forward himself compared his chances of recovering in time for Brazil "as the size of a grain of mustard". Falcao's World Cup hopes appeared to go up in smoke in Wednesday's French Cup tie against amateur side Chasseley. As half-time approached he clashed with a Chasseley player -- images of him being stretchered off with his head in his hands made front page news back home in Bogota.

Football: Falcao surgeon keeps stricken striker's World Cup door ajar

Falcao's surgeon on Friday said "there is still hope" that Colombia's stricken star striker could make it to the World Cup. The Monaco forward himself compared his chances of recovering in time for Brazil "as the size of a grain of mustard". Falcao's World Cup hopes appeared to go up in smoke in Wednesday's French Cup tie against amateur side Chasseley. As half-time approached he clashed with a Chasseley player -- images of him being stretchered off with his head in his hands made front page news back home in Bogota.

Football: Falcao faces knee op, set to miss World Cup

Monaco's Colombian striker Radamel Falcao requires surgery on the left knee injury he picked up in Wednesday's French Cup tie which almost certainly rules him out of the World Cup. News of the star striker's operation was confirmed Thursday in a statement issued by his club and will have caused consternation back home in Colombia. While the club did not specify how long they expected him to be out of action the news will raise huge concern back in Colombia who are drawn in Group C at the World Cup with Ivory Coast, Greece and Japan.

Football: Knee op casts doubt on World Cup for Falcao

Monaco's Colombian striker Radamel Falcao's requires surgery on the left knee injury he picked up in Wednesday's French Cup tie casting doubt on his participation at the World Cup. News of the star striker's operation was confirmed Thursday in a statement issued by his club and will have caused consternation back home in Colombia. Monaco revealed their record signing had suffered "an anterior cruciate ligament strain" in the 3-0 win at amateur side Chasseley.

Football: Monaco striker Falcao requires knee op

Monaco's Colombian striker Radamel Falcao requires surgery on the left knee injury he picked up in Wednesday's French Cup tie, the Ligue 1 side announced on Thursday. In a statement the club revealed their star forward had suffered "an anterior cruciate ligament strain". It added: "Surgery is required. The doctors will do everything possible to enable Radamel Falcao to recover as quickly as possible."
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