Colombia striker Falcao could be set for World Cup after all

The AS Monaco striker tore a cruciate ligament and had been widely expected to miss this summer's tournament but has been included on a 30-man shortlist

Radamel Falcao could be set for a place at the World Cup after all despite his cruciate knee ligament injury, after reports emerged that the Colombia international has been included on manager Jose Pekerman's 30-man shortlist submitted to FIFA.

Falcao sustained the damage to his knee against minnows Monts Or Azergues in a French Cup midweek match for his club side AS Monaco and there had been widespread fears the country's main striker would miss out on the chance to play in Brazil this summer.

But the esteemed BrazilStats account on Twitter reported the news earlier by saying: 'Colombia manager José Pekerman has included Radamel Falcao in his 30-man World Cup shortlist presented to #FIFA.'

The news was also followed up by Dutch website Elf Voetbal, who claim the lethal frontman could have a part to play in the World Cup and would do everything in his powers to ensure he gets there.

Falcao was his country's top scorer during CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying with nine goals, as only Lionel Messi (10) and Luis Suarez (11) managed to find the net more often.

The former FC Porto and Atletico Madrid striker had also netted nine goals in his maiden season in French football before suffering his injury.

Colombia face Greece, Ivory Coast and Japan in their group at this summer's finals.

image: © Jimmy Baikovicius

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