Monaco confirm Radamel Falcao has cruciate ligament damage in knee

Monaco's Columbian forward Radamel Falcao (C) is lifted away from the pitch after being injured during the French Cup football match between Chasselay (MDA) and Monaco (ASM) on January 22, 2014
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AS Monaco announce that Radamel Falcao has suffered cruciate ligament damage to his left knee and is expected to miss the World Cup.

AS Monaco have confirmed that striker Radamel Falcao has suffered cruciate ligament damage in his left knee.

The 27-year-old was stretchered off the pitch during Monaco's 3-0 win over Monts D'or Azergues in the Coupe de France on Wednesday.

After the Ligue 1 outfit confirmed on their official website that the forward will undergo an operation, the Colombian is expected to miss the World Cup in Brazil this summer.

A statement read: "Following the injury suffered on Wednesday, Radamel Falcao has undergone medical examinations. 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 therefore make every effort to allow Radamel Falcao to recover as quickly as possible."

Falcao has netted nine goals in 17 league games for Monaco so far this season.

Monaco's Italian coach Claudio Ranieri looks on before the kick of a French L1 football match between Bordeaux and Monaco on August 10, 2013
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