2014 World Cup: Colombia’s Chances Take Massive Hit With Radamel Falcao’s Torn ACL

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Colombian star Radamel Falcao sustained a crushing injury while playing for AS Monaco in a Cup contest on Wednesday, and the worst fears were confirmed after the medical tests he underwent today.

El Tigre suffered a torn ACL and will be sidelined for at least six months, so he won’t be able to take part in the World Cup to be held in Brazil during June and July this year. This is devastating news for both his team and his country, and Colombia’s chances to make noise during the tournament have now taken a huge hit.

Los Cafeteros were thought to be one of the teams poised to make a dark-horse run at the title based on the strength of their team and a relatively easy schedule, but their biggest card was Falcao, arguably one of the best strikers in the world. His absence will probably mean a bigger role for players like Jackson Martinez, James Rodriguez and Teofilo Gutierrez at the World Cup, but it’s clear now that Colombia will have a tough time at Brazil without their star player.

Things won’t get easier for AS Monaco in the rest of their schedule either. Les Monegasques were in the thick of a title race with Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s Paris Saint-Germain, and now they will have their work cut out for them without their biggest offensive weapon. It’s surely a huge blow for all parties involved, but no one is having a tougher time than the striker, who will now miss an incredible chance to feature in the world’s biggest competition at the peak of his career.

Falcao will now have to wait four more years if he wants to participate in a World Cup, and Colombia will surely miss him in the tournament. He had all the tools to be one of the stars in the competition, but his fate said otherwise and he will have to watch the World Cup from the sidelines while recovering from the injury.

Juan Pablo Aravena is a sports writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @jparavenarant or add him to your network on Google

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