Monaco - Monaco's Colombian striker Radamel Falcao's requires surgery on the
left knee injury he picked up in Wednesday's French Cup tie casting
doubt on his participation at the World Cup.
News of the star
striker's operation was confirmed on Thursday in a statement issued by his
club and will have caused consternation back home in Colombia.
revealed their record signing had suffered "an anterior cruciate
ligament strain" in the 3-0 win at amateur side Chasseley.
added: "Surgery is required. The doctors will do everything possible to
enable Radamel Falcao to recover as quickly as possible."
faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines, and although the club did not
specify how long they expected him to be out of action the news will
raise concern back in Colombia who are drawn in Group C at the World Cup
with Ivory Coast, Greece and Japan.
On Wednesday, Falcao crumbled
to the ground following a challenge and needed lengthy treatment before
being carried away on a stretcher just before the interval in his
club's victory over Chasseley.
Chasseley disclosed they have
received e-mail threats in Spanish, and Soner Ertek, the player whose
tackle inadvertently caused the injury, was forced to close his Facebook
page after it was targeted with intimidating messages.
Chasseley's club president Jocelyn Fontanel said there had been no malice in Ertek's tackle.
"There was no aggression," he insisted.
"Accidents happen on the pitch. It wasn't violent ...
"It upset me the whole match, especially as I was beside the Monaco directors.
didn't do it on purpose, we're not a nasty team. Now there are threats
on the internet. I don't know whether we should take them seriously.
"I'm very upset for Falcao."
Falcao joined Monaco for €60 million from Atletico Madrid.