Posted January 23, 2014

Worst fears realized: Falcao has torn ACL, set to miss World Cup

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Radamel Falcao tore his ACL in Wednesday’s Coupe de France match. (ZumaPress.com)

The World Cup will go on without one of the world’s finest players.

Monaco confirmed on its official website that Colombia star Radamel “El Tigre” Falcao tore his ACL in Wednesday’s Coupe de France victory over fourth-tier Chasselay Monts d’Or Azergues, and he is likely to miss this summer’s showcase. For what it’s worth, Monaco did not provide a clear injury timeline stating that Falcao would miss the tournament. He is slated to have surgery to repair the ACL in the coming days, but with the World Cup less than five months away and ACL tears typically taking longer than that to heal, it would be nothing short of outrageous to expect a comeback that soon.

While Colombia clearly suffers the most, Falcao’s injury is a blow to everyone hoping for an epic World Cup (not to mention Monaco’s hopes at winning Ligue 1). At 27, Falcao is at the height of his prime and was poised to shine on his home continent as one of the tournament’s top players. Instead, his absence severely hampers Colombia’s chances — though Los Cafeteros boast talent like Jackson Martinez, James Rodriguez and Teofilo Gutierrez — while depleting the overall star power in the 32-team field.

Video of the play that took Falcao out is below:

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The injury brings up a number of questions, all of which come with the caveat of hindsight being 20-20. Why was Falcao playing in a cup match against fourth-tier competition to begin with? What in the world was that defender thinking on that tackle? How was a penalty not called on the play?

Sadly, no answer will magically heal Falcao’s ACL. His injury is a sobering reminder that all players across the world, no matter how great, are just one unfortunate incident away from missing out on the World Cup.

10 comments
RickPotts
RickPotts

Monaco coach looks like he is going to cry on the video.  He knows he f**ked up and his season is going down the tubes.  The tackle in itself wasn't all that bad or dangerous and didn't look like there was any mal-intent.  He got hit right when he planted.  Surely a PK though.  Horrible reffing.  Even worse decision by the coach to play his star player against such lowly opposition.

RomarioDelLago
RomarioDelLago

Super bummer.  I was looking forward to seeing him play at the WC.  :(

pickle
pickle

What a shame. I was really hoping to see Colombia do well since they haven't made the WC in awhile. 

DerekOsley
DerekOsley

More proof that cup matches in leagues everywhere don't warrant top players.

Listening
Listening

I do not like hearing about anyone getting hurt.  That being said....  he better run from the cartels!!!!  I remember what happened when the a Colombian player scored into his own goal during World Cup play.  RUN RUN!!!!!!

DavidHarte
DavidHarte

Terrible waste…he should not have been playing in against "4th tier" hacks.

titanic2508
titanic2508

@Listening Listening. You are such an idiot.  Your stupid comment has no place here.  Unless you were present when the Colombian player was murdered, your speculations are null.  If you tried to be funny, you are not.

Listening
Listening

@titanic2508

What does it matter if I was present???? My presence has nothing to do with a pointless killing.  You are the idiot


TimGrisham
TimGrisham

@titanic2508@ListeningESPN did a documentary on it.  It was from the 1994 World Cup.  An own goal is one thing.  Getting your leg rolled up on because of a sloppy tackle is a totally different thing.