Falcao retains World Cup hope

The Colombian is unlikely to be on the plane to Brazil this summer, due to a serious knee injury, but insists he will fight to make a dramatic recovery for his country

Monaco striker Radamel Falcao has not given up hope of featuring at the World Cup despite suffering a serious knee injury.

The Colombia international was carried from the field on a stretcher during the Ligue 1 club's 3-0 triumph over Monts d'Or Azergues in the Coupe de France on Wednesday.

Monaco confirmed on Thursday that their record signing will undergo surgery after scans revealed he had damaged the anterior cruciate in his left knee.

But the 27-year-old is nevertheless retaining hope of appearing at the tournament.

"I want to thank all of you for your messages in the last hours," he wrote on Twitter.

"I have been touched by all the support and love of all the people around the world.

"I am not going to hide that I am very sad. My heart is destroyed. But I have faith [that I am] holding right now to keep my dream alive to be at the World Cup.

"God makes the impossible possible. I believe in Him."

Falcao has scored nine goals in 17 league games this season, as well as two in two Coupe de France clashes.