Colombia and Monaco will hope for the best after Radamel Falcao was stretchered off with a knee injury Wednesday. (Lancelot Frederic/Sipa)
With the World Cup less than five months away, every player injury could mean the worst-possible news: Missing the tournament in Brazil.
First England's Theo Walcott was ruled out of the competition. Then Brazil's centerpiece, Neymar, survived the grandest scare of them all, needing to miss just up to a month with an ankle sprain that could have been a lot worse. Wednesday, one of the tournaments potential top stars had his name added to the growing list of stars in danger of being forced off the world's stage.
Colombia forward Radamel Falcao suffered a left knee injury in Monaco's 3-0 French Cup victory over fourth-tier Chasselay Monts d'Or Azergues, and his club and country wait with bated breath over test results that will determine how severe the injury is. Video of the incident is below:
Falcao was stretchered off the field after the tackle. He scored the opening goal of the game -- his 11th goal in all competitions -- before suffering the injury.
From the AP:
Falcao opened the scoring for Monaco in the 29th minute with his 11th goal of the season, but was caught by a heavy tackle from Chasselay center half Soner Ertek in the 40th as he charged into the penalty area. Falcao, tipped to be a star at the World Cup, was clearly in pain as he clutched his left knee and immediately called for medical attention.
After receiving treatment he was stretchered off a few minutes later and replaced by Emmanuel Riviere, who scored twice in the second half as Monaco won 3-0 to reach the last 16.
The 27-year-old Falcao is Colombia's top star and one of the most lethal marksmen in the world. His potential absence would severely damage Colombia's World Cup hopes and make Group C -- which also features Greece, Ivory Coast and Japan -- more wide open. It would also deal Monaco a massive blow in its Ligue 1 title hopes. The club is in second place, five points behind PSG with a head-to-head meeting still remaining between the two sides (on Feb. 9).