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Football: Falcao returns for Monaco in friendly after six months out

Published on Aug 2, 2014 11:13 PM
Monaco's Colombian forward Radamel Falcao runs during Monaco's (ASM) first team training session on June 30, 2014 at the Monaco training camp in La Turbie, south-eastern France. -- PHOTO: AFP

LONDON (AFP) - Monaco striker Radamel Falcao made his first appearance for over six months, as a second-half substitute in his side's 2-2 friendly draw against Valencia in London on Saturday.

The 28-year-old Colombia international had not played since rupturing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during a French Cup game against amateur side Chasselay on Jan 22.

The injury cut short his debut season at the big-spending Ligue 1 club and prevented him from appearing at the World Cup, where Colombia reached the quarter-finals.

Falcao replaced Dimitar Berbatov with 18 minutes to play at the Emirates Stadium, taking up a central role alongside Valere Germain in a 4-4-2 system, but did not manage any attempts on goal.

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