Monaco striker sustained ligament damage in his knee while playing in a
Coupe de France encounter against Monts d'Or Azergues in January, and
though he was able to train with the squad, he will not be risked for
the summer’s tournament.
“I don't want to say good evening
because it has been such a sad day. I have to announce that Amaranto
Perea, Luis Fernando Muriel and Falcao will miss the World Cup. “Perea
and Falcao because of their injuries and Muriel as a technical
decision,” Pekerman told the press on Sunday.
"The doctors have been very clear: now is not the time for Falcao to return to competition."
Clearly emotional, the striker added: "I do not want to take the place of a team-mate who is at 100 per cent."
ex-Atletico Madrid attacker had been fighting a race against time from
the moment he was struck down, though when he returned to training with
his club in the final week of the Ligue 1 campaign there had been
tentative optimism he would be fit.
However, that has not been
the case, and after failing to feature in any of Colombia’s warm-up
friendlies to date, he will not be amongst the playing party to travel
to Brazil, where matches against Greece, Ivory Coast and Japan await.