Falcao not giving up on World Cup dream

The Monaco attacker appears optimistic of making Colombia's World Cup squad, regardless of his knee injury

Colombia international Radamel Falcao refuses to give up hope of making it to the 2014 World Cup after undergoing knee surgery at the weekend.

The Monaco attacker had surgery to address a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, an injury he picked up on Wednesday in the Ligue 1 club's 3-0 Coupe de France victory over Chasselay, and is widely expected to miss this summer's tournament as a result.

Nevertheless, he has stressed that he will do his utmost to be match fit in time for Brazil.

"I am convinced that everything is going to be OK and I will be able to give the best I have at the World Cup," Falcao said during a press conference held at a Porto hospital.

"When they told me at first that I had a serious injury and there was only a small chance of participating in Brazil, I didn't care whether it was 10, 20 or 50 per cent.

"I was counting on that chance.

"This is my hope and with this dream I will work every day. A lot has to do with my emotional state. This is something that I can manage each day."

However, Falcao has acknowledged time is against him, with Colombia's first group match against Greece in Belo Horizonte on June 14.

"Without a doubt, I think that time is not on our side but I think the possibility exists and that is where I find hope," he continued.

"I try not to think about whether recovery will be two, three, four months, but rather to focus on the day to day."

Falcao then went on to stress he would not be rushing his recovery in order to board a plane to Brazil.

"I can't skip any steps. The main thing is that I can respect the recovery steps for a good rehab," he said.

"At no time will I pressure myself or the capacity of my knee to recover."

Falcao is expected to check out of the Trinidade de Oporto hospital on Tuesday and remain in Porto for three weeks to continue his recovery.