Monaco striker Radamel Falcao could make full recovery from his knee injury by June.
Radamel Falcao will be fit to feature for Colombia at the 2014 World Cup finals this summer, according to his surgeon.
The Monaco striker suffered anterior cruciate ligament damage in his left knee during his side’s Coupe de France tie against Chasselay at Lyon's Stade Gerland in January and was ruled out for the rest of the season.
There have been suggestions in recent weeks that the 28-year-old, who is reported to be a target for Chelsea in the summer, could recover in time the World Cup gets underway in Brazil in June.
Jose Carlos Noronha, the surgeon who operated on the former Atletico Madrid forward in January, is confident that given how much progress Falcao has made in the last two months, he will be able to regain full fitness by June.
"If there's no inflammation, then we will be able to let Falcao loose on the pitch at the end of the 12th week,” Ligue 1’s official website quotes him as saying.
“He will be able to start running again without any rapid accelerations or changes of direction.
“From the fourth month, he will be completely free on the pitch in order to be ready for June 14."
Falcao himself is looking forward to making a swift recovery and is confident that he will be able to represent his country in Brazil.
"At eight in the morning, I go and do about an hour of walking,” he said. “I'm trying to make my legs used to exercise again.
“Then I walk to the clinic for some gym work which is all about building up my strength. Once that is done, I start specific work on the knee.
“My rehab is going well but I'm hoping to recover quickly and get to the World Cup. I'm working hard every day thinking about the future."