Colombia striker Radamel Falcao has failed to recover from a serious knee injury in time to make Jose Peckerman’s squad for the World Cup.
The Monaco striker sustained ligament damage in his knee while playing in a Coupe de France encounter against Monts d'Or Azergues in January. Though he was able to train with the squad, he will not be risked for the summer’s tournament.
“I don't want to say good evening because it has been such a sad day. I have to announce that Amaranto Perea, Luis Fernando Muriel and Falcao will miss the World Cup," head coach Jose Peckerman said at a press conference. “Perea and Falcao because of their injuries and Muriel as a technical decision."
Falcao had been fighting a race against time from the moment he was struck down. When he returned to training with his club in the final week of the Ligue 1 campaign, there was optimism he would be fit, but in the end the World Cup was too soon.
Colombia will face off against Greece, Ivory Coast and Japan in Group C.
Colombia squad in full:
Goalkeepers: David Ospina; Faryd Mondragon; Camilo Vargas.
Defenders: Juan Camilo Zuniga; Pablo Armero; Santiago Arias; Eder Alvarez Balanta; Mario Alberto Yepes; Carlos Valdes; Cristian Zapata.
Midfielders: Carlos Sanchez; Abel Aguilar; Alexander Mejia; Freddy Guarin; Juan Guillermo Cuadrado; James Rodriguez; Juan Fernando Quintero; Aldo Leao Ramirez; Victor Ibarbo.
Strikers: Jackson Martinez; Adrian Ramos; Teofilo Gutierrez; Carlos Bacca.