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World Cup 2014: Falcao pulls out

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Monaco striker Radamel Falcao has been withdrawn from Colombia’s World Cup squad after failing to recover from a knee surgery.

The 28-year-old sustained the injury playing in the French Cup in January, and though he was able to train with the squad, he will not be risked for the summer’s tournament.

Falcao’s nine goals in the South American qualifiers paved the way for Colombia’s return to the World Cup for the first time since 1998. José Pékerman’s men have been drawn in Group C in Brazil with Ivory Coast, Greece and Japan.