World Cup fears for Falcao due to suspected knee injury in Monaco cup clash

The 27-year-old's hopes of travelling to Brazil this summer are in jeopardy after he was stretchered from the field grimacing in pain
There are fears that Radamel Falcao could miss the 2014 World Cup after suffering a seemingly serious knee injury in Monaco's Coupe de France clash with Chasselay on Wednesday.

The Colombia international opened the scoring just before the half-hour mark but was left holding his left leg in a crumpled heap after a heavy challenge four minutes before the break. Falcao immediately called for medical attention and was stretched from the field, grimacing in pain.

The severity of the damage to the striker's left knee has yet to be established but any lengthy lay-off would be a major blow for Monaco, who are currently second in Ligue 1, five points behind leaders Paris Saint-Germain.

"We must await further tests in the coming days to clarify the exact nature of the injury," read an official statement from Les Rouge et Blanc.

Colombia will also have grave concerns about their star striker missing this summer's World Cup in Brazil, where they have been drawn against Greece, Cote d'Ivoire and Japan.

Falcao made a fine start to life in Ligue 1, after joining Monaco from Atletico Madrid last summer, but has struggled with injuries and loss of form in recent weeks, while there has also been talk of a falling out with Les Rouge et Blanc boss Claudio Ranieri.