Falcao suffers setback

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AS Monaco striker Radamel Falcao will miss the rest of the season after coming off injured in his side's 3-0 Coupe de France win over Chasselay Monts d'or Azergues on Wednesday.

Falcao is set to miss the rest of the Ligue 1 season, and the World Cup Finals in Brazil this summer, after sustaining a knee injury during Monaco's Coupe de France victory over Chasselay.

The Colombian striker opened the scoring for Claudio Ranieri's side in the 29th minute, but was stretchered off clutching his left knee five minutes before the interval after a clash in the box with Chasselay defender Soner Ertek.

Torn ligament

Falcao's replacement Emmanuel Rivière scored the goals that concluded the 3-0 win, and the young forward will now be tasked with leading the Monaco line with tests showing that Falcao has torn his left anterior cruciate ligament. The Colombian flew to Portugal after the game and Porto doctor Jose Carlos Noronha confirmed that the injury will take six months to heal.

Monaco released a statement saying: "Following the injury suffered on Wednesday, medical examinations were conducted on Radamel Falcao. It appears that the player has an injury of the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. Surgery is necessary in the coming days. Doctors will thereafter make every effort to allow Radamel Falcao to recover as quickly as possible."

Falcao has scored 11 goals in all competitions since his 60 million euros summer signing from Atletico Madrid. It remains to be seen whether his setback affects striker Lacina Traoré's proposed loan move to Everton, which had appeared close to completion.

>> PLAYER PROFILE: Radamel Falcao


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