Colombia’s star striker Radamel Falcao has lost his battle to be fit for the World Cup.
National coach Jose Pekerman named his tournament squad on Monday evening during a press conference held in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Falcao, who suffered a serious knee injury when on duty for his club side Monaco in January, was left off the 23-man list, with Pekerman deciding he would not be ready.
The striker said: “Today, I’m in very good shape but conscious that I still need a bit (more time) to play again and I didn’t want to deny a place to a team mate who was 100 per cent fit, nor do something imprudent to damage my health.”
The former Atletico Madrid frontman, who was a big-money signing by Monaco last summer, looked to have no hope of making his country’s squad for the tournament in Brazil when he sustained the injury, however his recovery then progressed swiftly.
Pekerman said last week he would “wait for Falcao until the last day, the last minute” before deciding on his fitness, after consulting with medical experts, and the final decision went against the 28-year-old.
“(Luis Fernando) Muriel, (Amaranto) Perea and Falcao are not going to be at the World Cup, Jose Pekerman has announced,” said a message on the national team’s official Twitter account.
Colombia faces Greece, Ivory Coast and Japan at Brazil 2014.