Jan 22, 2014 at 4pm UK
Monts D'or Azergues
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Colombia frontman Radamel Falcao receives World Cup injury boost

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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Radamel Falcao's hopes of recovering from a cruciate ligament injury in time for the World Cup are boosted following surgery.

Colombia's star striker Radamel Falcao has had surgery on a cruciate ligament injury and could be fit in time for this summer's World Cup in Brazil, according to the doctor who performed the operation.

The 27-year-old came off in Monaco's Coupe de France game against Monts d'Or Azergues and there were immediate fears that he would miss the World Cup.

However, the Portuguese doctor who performed the operation on Saturday said that "there's a possibility of him going" to the tournament in June, reports The AP.

Jose Carlos Noronha told reporters at the hospital in Porto, Portugal, that "it's not out of the question" and gave Falcao a better than 50% chance of making it to Brazil.

Monaco's Colombian forward Radamel Falcao celebrates after scoring a goal from the penalty spot during the French L1 football match between AS Monaco and FC Lorient at the Louis II Stadium in Monaco on September 15, 2013
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