The Monaco forward’s dream of participation in Brazil has come to an end, but it is not necessarily a bad thing for the South American nation.
Colombia’s World Cup hopes have taken a severe blow with news that Radamel Falcao has not recovered from a serious knee injury in time to feature.
The long-term Chelsea target was named in Jose Pekerman’s initial squad of 30, but was cut from the contingent when the final group was named.
Falcao was essential in the qualification process for the South American nation and has proven over time that he is one of the deadliest strikers in the world game.
A certain starter and talisman for Colombia if fit, Falcao’s goal threat will be a miss this summer.
However, although the news is likely in invoke the feeling of doom and gloom in the Colombia fans, they should not completely despair.
Unlike plenty of other nations competing in the tournament, losing their best player is not the end of their chances.
Colombia are blessed with a host of excellent number nines that are excelling in the European game.
Porto forward Jackson Martinez is the most likely to replace Falcao and has an enviable goalscoring record in Portugal since making the move to Europe in 2012.
Carlos Bacca fired Sevilla to the Europa League title with a glut of goals and has been an instant success in his debut campaign in La Liga.
Finally, Adrian Ramos has been signed by Borussia Dortmund as Robert Lewandowski’s potential replacement after another impressive season with Hertha Berlin.
Although none of these three can match a fully fit and firing Falcao, any of the trio would be a better option than the Monaco man being only half fit.
Although Falcao will be a miss, Colombia still have the strikers to fire them to the top of Group C this summer.