Jan 22, 2014, 4:08 PM EDT
We told you before about the unfortunate reality of this coming time in world soccer: players now suffering long-term injury will probably join the sad fraternity of World Cup “scratches.”
That is, the just won’t have time to recover and get into game shape before the rosters are set for Brazil.
Here’s the updated World Cup injury run-down of prominent players, following today’s news of Radamel Falcao’s potentially devastating injury misfortune:
Sami Khedira: Germany manager Joachim Low has not given up hope that his influential midfielder could be ready for a place on his World Cup roster. The Real Madrid star suffered a serious knee injury last November.
Theo Walcott: The England forward seems almost certain to miss this year’s tournament after suffering a knockout injury blow earlier in the month. His manager at Arsenal, Arsene Wenger, recently reiterated how much of a longshot it seems that Walcott could make it back in time.
Falcao: There will be a lot of nervous eyes on the upcoming tests for Monaco and Colombian striker Falcao, who crumbled today in what could be a serious knee injury. Clearly, this would damage the Ligue 1 side (just five points behind first-place Paris Saint-Germain), but it could absolutely devastate the player ahead of his World Cup opportunity. Colombia just qualified for its first World Cup since 1998, and is currently ranked 4th in the world, some of which is certainly about its wonderfully talented striker.
- Liverpool complete $17 million signing of Belgian striker Divock Origi 1
- Tim Howard joins NBC Sports’ Premier League broadcast team on multi-year deal 10
- VIDEO: US stars fight – Omar Gonzalez vs. Clint Dempsey, DeAndre Yedlin 4
- Manchester United’s Luke Shaw trains on his own, told he’s “not fit enough” 2
- MLS Snapshot: Seattle Sounders 0-3 LA Galaxy 2
- Premier, Champions League quotas leave Mourinho desperate to sell Torres 5