Falcao's World Cup hopes receive boost
Radamel Falcao's surgeon is confident the Colombian international will be fit in time for the World Cup. We take an in-depth look at the Monaco star's road to recovery.
José Carlos Noronha, who operated on Falcao's left anterior cruciate ligament on January 25, will analyse the next MRI scan the former Atletico Madrid forward will undergo. Noronha said: "If there's no inflammation then we'll be able to let Falcao loose on the pitch at the end of the 12th week. He'll be able to start running again without any rapid accelerations or changes of direction. From the fourth month he'll be completely free on the pitch in order to be ready for June 14."
On January 22, Falcao's world was turned upside down. Stretchered off during a Coupe de France tie against Chasselay at Lyon's Stade Gerland, he was ruled out for the domestic season and his World Cup hopes left hanging by a thread.
Falcao told BeIN Sports' The Ligue 1 Show: "I don't want to see the footage ever again, it's a difficult and painful moment and I don't want to remember it. That kind of thing affects me a lot, so I don't want to see it."
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Falcao talked us through his day as he steps up his rehab. "At eight in the morning, I go and do about an hour of walking. 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."
Falcao is missing being an integral part of Monaco's push for Champions League qualification: "The most difficult thing at the moment is not being able to play, having to watch the Monaco matches on TV, not being able to train or enjoy myself with the ball. I'm stuck in the gym, far from the action."
The 60 million euro signing has been impressed with the way Claudio Ranieri's side have fared in his absence: "Their performances are getting better and I think they'll finish the season well and a much stronger team. Our main objective is to play in the Champions League next season."
And a final message from the 27-year old, who received well-wishing messages from the world over: "Thank you to all my supporters and I hope to be playing again soon with Monaco. I'm looking forward to playing at Monaco next year."