Injured Falcao remains optimistic over World Cup participation

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Injured Falcao remains optimistic over World Cup participation

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Despite suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his knee, Columbia striker Radamel Falcao remains optimistic about his chances of making the World Cup this summer.

The Monaco hit man underwent surgery on his left knee on Saturday after sustaining the injury during his club’s French Cup win against Monts d’Or Azergues in Lyon.

During a media conference at Trindade de Oporto hospital in Porto where he had the operation the 27-year-old said: ‘‘I have already cried about what I needed to cry about and now I am in high spirits, my conviction is high, I have a great disposition and I am mentally prepared to do everything I possibly can.”

Falcao was joined by the head doctor of the Colombia Federation, Carlos Ulloa who said: “We are fighting within a very responsible project so he can make it (to the world cup) and over the course of the road we will be able to see whether we will achieve it.”

An injury of this kind usually requires a recorvery period of up to six months.

If Falcao is fit in time it will be his first appearance at a World Cup finals and Columbia’s first appearance since 1998 in France.

Colombia were drawn in Group C alongside Ivory Cosast, Japan and Greece who they play first on June 14 in Belo Horizonte.