Monaco - Colombia striker Radamel Falcao says he is hopeful he can compete in the World Cup as he recovers from a serious knee injury.
Falcao, 28, ruptured cruciate ligaments in his knee during a French Cup tie for club side Monaco on January 22 and was operated on days later by pioneering Portuguese surgeon Jose Carlos Noronha in Porto.
The striker said he is recovering faster than expected following the surgery using a new technique to treat cruciate ligament damage.
"I hope that I can play in the World Cup, but it's still too soon to be certain," said the Colombian at the Louis II Stadium to watch his team's 3-1 win over Nantes on Sunday.
"I'm recovering quickly. Physiotherapy is going very well. I'm going to return to Spain to continue my recovery.
"The knee has responded very well, which allowed me to gain momentum in the work.
"I'm happy because the evolution is very positive. I'm a little ahead of what was expected, but we know very well that it's day to day that we'll see the evolution. I have the desire and motivation to return."
The Colombian said he was delighted with Monaco's form in the French championship where they are second to Paris St Germain.
"I'm delighted for Monaco, we keep winning. The win (Sunday) was very important. We're still on track to achieve our objective -- Champions League qualification. I hope to play Champions League with Monaco next season," he added.
Colombia are drawn in Group C at the World Cup with Ivory Coast, Greece and Japan.
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