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Colombia's Radamel Falcao left off World Cup roster due to injury

By Mike Singer | CBSSports.com

Colombia was dealt a major setback on Monday when it was announced that Monaco striker Radamel Falcao would be left off the final 23-man roster due to a knee injury.

Falcao suffered a torn ACL in January and underwent surgery, which immediately jeopardized his World Cup chances. The 28-year-old wasn't expected to recover in time with regard to both form and fitness, but Monday's announcement makes it official.

Colombia coach Jose Pekerman made the announcement from the team's training grounds in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He called it "the saddest day I've had since becoming Colombia coach." Apparently, Falcao had a say in the decision:

How big a blow will Falcao's absence be as Colombia battles with the Ivory Coast, Greece and Japan to advance out of Group C? Consider this:

In such a relatively weak group, it's not an overstatement to say that Falcao's skill made Colombia the unquestioned Group C favorites. He had scored 11 goals in 19 matches for Monaco ahead of his injury.

Colombia is probably in a good position to advance, nonetheless, but now the scoring will fall to forward Jackson Martinez and Falcao's Monaco teammate, James Rodriguez.

 
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