Colombia loses Bacca for group stage games

The Sevilla forward has sustained a muscle injury that looks set to keep him out of his side's clashes with Cote d'Ivoire and Japan.

Colombia striker Carlos Bacca is set to miss the rest the remainder of his side's World Cup group games because of a muscle injury.

The Sevilla forward pulled up with the issue during a training session Sunday and subsequently underwent a scan on the affected area.

Colombia's medical team has determined Bacca could be unavailable for up to 10 days, meaning he is a major doubt for Colombia's final Group C clashes against Cote d'Ivoire and Japan.

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"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 its Group C opener last Saturday, while Jackson Martinez and Adrian Ramos are also available to coach Jose Pekerman.