Fal­coa: It’s too early for Brazil talk

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Colom­bia star Radamel Fal­cao has con­firmed his re­cov­ery from knee surgery is go­ing well but in­sists it is far too early to say whether he has any re­mote chance of mak­ing the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil.

Fal­cao suf­fered an­te­rior cru­ci­ate lig­a­ment dam­age dur­ing Monaco’s Coupe de France tie against Monts Or Az­er­gues on 22 Jan­uary and went un­der the knife soon af­ter. The re­cov­ery time for a se­ri­ous ACL in­jury is typ­i­cally be­tween six and nine months, which would rule Fal­cao out of the World Cup fi­nals, but the 28-year-old is re­fus­ing to give up his dream of be­ing in Brazil just yet.

How­ever, Fal­cao is also stay­ing real­is­tic about his chances of be­ing in­volved. Asked if it would be a mir­a­cle for him to be in­volved in the fi­nals, he told Marca: “It would be a spe­cial case. We are very op­ti­mistic about the re­sponse of the knee, but to­day is very pre­ma­ture to say whether or not I’m go­ing to be at the World Cup. There are lots of days from now un­til the fi­nal de­ci­sion.”

Colom­bia sup­port­ers would love to see the pro­lific hit­man in­volved in Brazil, but Fal­cao in­sists his main con­cern at present is just get­ting back to full fit­ness. He said: “I’m do­ing ev­ery­thing pos­si­ble to go, I would give it ev­ery­thing and it would be ideal, but the first thing is to be well, to re­cover well. I can­not al­low that my de­sire and that of my coun­try to be in Brazil to af­fect the state of my knee.”

Re­gard­ing his re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion, the for­mer Atletico Madrid and Porto striker said: “I feel very good, the re­sponse from the knee in the first phase of the re­cu­per­a­tion has been pos­i­tive. There hasn’t been any prob­lem and this has al­lowed me to work well. The heal­ing has been quick.

“It’s been a day to day process. Some days are good, oth­ers less good, with more mo­not­o­nous work. It’s helped me a lot to have gone through the same in­jury some years ago, when I was at River Plate. Now I’m more re­laxed, con­fi­dent and calm.”

Axel Witsel of Bel­gium (R) chal­lenges Radamel Fal­cao of Colom­bia (L) dur­ing the in­ter­na­tional friendly match at King Badouin Sta­dium on Novem­ber 14, 2013 in Brussels.

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