Columbia striker Radamel Falcao could make a shock recovery in time for the World Cup after the injured forward underwent a successful operation on his knee earlier today.
The 27-year-old was stretchered off during Monaco's 3-0 victory in the French Cup last Wednesday, after a heavy collision damaged his anterior cruciate ligament, all but shattering his hopes of appearing in Brazil this summer.
However, the Portuguese doctor who operated on Falcao believes the Columbia star could yet be on his way to Brazil, and says he has a 50/50 chance of being fit for the tournament.
Speaking at the hospital in Porto, Jose Carlos Noronha said: "it's not out of the question" that he could be fit for his county.
"It went well, the light at the end of the tunnel isn't small," added the doctor.
Tipped by many to perform well at Brazil, Columbia are considered dark horses of the competition, although much will now depend on the availability of Falcao who has made his name as one of the best strikers in the world during spells at Porto and Atletico Madrid.
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