May 15, 2014, 11:45 AM EDT
Things are looking more and more bleak for injured Colombian striker Radamel Falcao, as reports from his home country are suggesting he is still very much a longshot to make a full recover in time for the World Cup.
According to Ed Malyon of the Daily Mirror, those Colombian reports suggest Falcao will hold a press conference next week to announce he will not be fit in time to play in Brazil.
Just a month ago Falcao said he was “recovering quickly,” and was included in Colombia’s preliminary 29-man roster submitted by coach Jose Pekerman two days ago.
His father, Radamel Garcia, told Spanish RCN Radio that his son has “recovered by 60%” from his ACL tear, a bleak number given that the World Cup is just a month away.
“Clinically he is fine,” Falcao’s father was quoted in Marca as saying, “The problem I see is with football. He lacks stamina, strength, speed, coordination, the combination of things that are fundamental a high performance football, so we must wait and see.”
The World Cup comes five months after the 28-year-old sustained his injury, and according to Garcia, the doctors told him six to seven months is usually the minimum.
Thankfully for Colombia, it appears a replacement may be emerging just in time, with Sevilla striker Carlos Bacca registering a wildly successful season, capping it off with a win in penalties over Benfica in the Europa League final. Bacca scored his penalty attempt in the shootout.
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