Doctor says Falcao is '55 percent' for World Cup

Associated Press

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — The doctor who operated on the left knee of Colombia star Radamel Falcao says the striker is recovering quickly and has a 55-percent chance of playing in the World Cup in just over four months.

Dr. Jose Carlos Noronha, speaking Friday on radio Antena 2 in Colombia, operated on the Monaco player on Jan. 25 in Portugal. He initially gave Falcao a "50 percent" chance of making the World Cup.

He says: "I think we can increase the hope a little bit to 55 percent."

Noronha says Falcao is "recovering very well." He talks with him daily and has visited him several times. Falcao remains in Portugal and is expected to go soon to Madrid or Monaco to continue his recovery.

Colombia opens against Greece on June 14.