Colombia striker Radamel Falcao returned to training with his Monaco teammates on Friday for the first time since injuring his knee in January, the Ligue 1 club announced. Falcao, 28, suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during a last-32 French Cup match against amateur side Chasselay, ruling him out for the rest of the season and putting his participation at the FIFA World Cup™ in serious doubt.
However, he has been included in Jose Pekerman's provisional 30-man squad for the finals in Brazil in the hope that he can recover in time. Ahead of Monaco's final league match, at home to Bordeaux on Saturday, Falcao was back in the Principality to continue to work his way back to fitness.
Falcao "didn't miss out on the opportunity to join his teammates for the final training session of the season," read a statement on the club's official website.
"He was keen to catch up with his teammates and take part in the session," added the club without going into further detail.
In Friday's edition of the Spanish sports daily Marca, Falcao revealed it would be "impossible" for him to be fully fit for the World Cup but didn't rule out the possibility of going to the tournament. The forward said a decision "will be taken very soon" as to whether he'll be a part of the Colombia squad, which must be finalised by 2 June .
"To go (to Brazil) 100 per cent ready in a footballing sense will be impossible because I'm short of playing time. To sum things up, if I feel good, I will go. If I see that I'm not sure of myself and that I have nothing to bring to the team, I'll be reasonable and stay behind."
Colombia have been drawn in Group C at the World Cup along with Greece, Côte d'Ivoire and Japan. Los Cafeteros will face Greece in their opening game in Belo Horizonte on 14 June.