What a difference a day makes. Today, after undergoing medical tests to check the extent of the injury suffered in yesterday's Thailand 2012 opener against Japan, Brazil winger Falcao has a smile on his face once again. Both the star and the South Americans' staff now believe the No12 could recover in time to play a further part at the FIFA Futsal World Cup Thailand 2012.
After just three minutes of the 4-1 win over the Japanese, Falcao was forced to withdraw with an injury to his right calf. Though the area was immediately treated with ice as soon as he reached the substitutes' bench, the player cut a frustrated figure as he left the arena in Nakhon Ratchasima, visibly concerned his fourth FIFA Futsal World Cup campaign was over virtually before it had begun.
Fortunately for him and fans of A Seleção, an MRI scan carried out this morning showed only a grade-two injury, which is far less serious than the player had feared. “We’re very hopeful he’ll be back at our disposal,” said team doctor Aloir Neri. “We’re going to put him through intensive treatment to try and get him back in time for the latter stages.”
With the potential recovery time set at a period of between ten and 15 days, the winger could well be available for selection once more should the reigning world champions reach the last four. The semi-finals of Thailand 2012 are scheduled for 16 November and the final two days later.
Relieved that the prognosis is better than expected, Falcao gave a statement to the official website of the Brazilian Football Association (CBF), to thank his countrymen for the flood of messages of support sent to him via social networking sites.
"Hey Brazil fans! As you can see from the smile on my face, I’ve just had the medical tests and the injury was the least severe it could possibly have been,” he wrote. “I believe that, should we make the semis, I could be back in time as I’ve got 15 days to recover. I’m certain that God has saved a special moment for me. Thanks for all your support, you can count on us."
A Seleção return to action in Group C of Thailand 2012 on Sunday, when they meet a Libya side beaten 5-1 by Portugal in their first game.