Paris: Colombia striker Radamel Falcao’s hopes of participating in the World Cup finals suffered a jolt on Thursday when his Ligue 1 club Monaco announced he would undergo surgery on a left knee injury.
Monaco did not elaborate on the length of Falcao’s absence, but a Spanish news agency reported that the 27-year-old forward could be out for six months.
“Radamel Falcao suffered a lesion on his left knee’s cruciate ligament. Surgery is necessary... The doctors will do everything they can to help Falcao recover as quickly as possible,” Monaco said in a brief statement. A spokesman said that the club could not say anything more for the moment.
Falcao picked up the injury after scoring his team’s first goal in a 3-0 win at amateurs Chasselay Monts d’Or Azergues in a last-32 French Cup game on Wednesday.
Falcao was a key member of the Colombia side that coach Jose Pekerman steered to second place in the South American qualifying group and a direct place as one of the seeded nations for the finals, which start on June 12.
He top-scored for Colombia with nine goals and forged a good partnership up front with Teofilo Gutierrez that yielded a tally of 15.
The combination of Falcao and Rodriguez for Colombia was not lost on Monaco who swooped for both from Atletico Madrid and Porto respectively when they were promoted and rebuilt for an assault on Ligue 1 this season.
Colombia, looking to reach the finals for the first time since 1998 in France, did not, however, make a good start to the qualifiers.