Brazil Dream Still Alive for El Tigre


Radamel Falcao could still feature at this summer’s World Cup after his doctor gave him a better than 50% chance of recovering in time. The Monaco star, nicknamed ‘El Tigre,’ watched from his hospital bed as his team-mates and supporters held a pre-match tribute. The striker was also visited in Porto by Colombia’s president Juan Manuel Santos.

Last week Falcao suffered  a cruciate injury in Monaco’s French Cup clash with Chasselay after a collision with centre-back Soner Ertek. Colombia’s main World Cup hope was stretchered from the pitch and underwent successful surgery on Saturday in Portugal. Now his doctor has claimed “there’s a possibility of him going” to the World Cup.

1609560_734761339869392_122173624_nJosé Carlos Noronha said “it’s not out of the question” and gave Falcao a better than 50% chance of making it to Brazil. Colombia face Ivory Coast, Greece and Japan in Group C.

Falcao earlier tweeted Ertek who was involved in the tackle saying: ‘Soner Ertek thanks for your posts. Do not blame yourself for what happened as it was a football accident’.

Falcao’s club mates at Monaco wore T-shirts emblazoned with “Fuerza Tigre” ahead of their Ligue 1 victory over Marseilles.

The 27-year-old’s former team-mates at previous club Atletico Madrid also wore shirts to show support  before the Copa del Rey game against Athletic Bilbao.

Falcao was visited in hospital by Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos on his way home from the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. The first citizen wished his country’s main star “in the name of all Colombians, a speedy recovery.”

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