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World Cup 2014

Football: Colombia to wait until "last minute" for Falcao

Published on May 29, 2014 6:27 AM
Colombia's national football team striker Radamel Falcao, who is recovering from surgery on ruptured cruciate ligaments, controls the ball during a training in Loma Verde, Buenos Aires province, Argentina on May 28, 2014, as the squad gets ready for the FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014 tournament. -- PHOTO: AFP

CAMPANA, Argentina (AFP) - Star Colombia striker Radamel Falcao is to be given until the “last minute” to prove his World Cup fitness, coach Jose Pekerman said Wednesday.

“We will wait until the last minute of the last day,” said the Argentine coach from the team’s World Cup training base in Cardales, near Buenos Aires.

Pekerman, who coached his native Argentina at the 2006 World Cup finals where they went out in the quarter-finals to Germany, must submit his final 23-man squad by June 2, ahead of the global showpiece kick-off 10 days later.

Falcao, 28 and who has scored 20 goals in 51 international appearances, suffered serious knee ligament damage playing for his club Monaco in a French Cup tie on January 22 and has not played since.

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