Colombia lose Bacca for group stage

The Sevilla forward has sustained a muscle injury that looks set to keep him out of his side's Group C meetings with Ivory Coast and Japan, with three points already secured
Colombia striker Carlos Bacca is set to miss the rest the remainder of his side's World Cup group games due to a muscle injury.

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The Sevilla forward pulled up during a training session on Sunday and subsequently underwent a scan.

Colombia's medical team have now determined that Bacca could be unavailable for up to 10 days, meaning that he is unlikely to feature in their final Group C matches against Ivory Coast and Japan.

"After the assessments made by the Colombia medical staff, led by Dr Carlos Ulloa, it was determined that Carlos Bacca suffered a grade one muscle injury, which requires a treatment period of seven to 10 days," the Colombian Football Federation wrote on its official website.

With Monaco striker Radamel Falcao having failed to recover from a serious knee injury in time for the World Cup, Bacca's injury further depletes Colombia's options up front.

However, River Plate forward Teofilo Gutierrez was among the scorers in Colombia's 3-0 triumph over Greece in their Group C opener last Saturday, while Jackson Martinez and Adrian Ramos are also available to coach Jose Pekerman.