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Radamel Falcao Left Off Colombia’s 23-Man Roster

courtesy of asm-fc.com

courtesy of asm-fc.com

Colombia’s star striker Radamel Falcao won’t be able to represent the country he helped qualify for its first World Cup since 1998.

Falcao was left off Head Coach Jose Pekerman’s final 23-man roster for Brazil announced on Monday during a press conference from the team’s training facility in Buenos Aires. The team’s chances to advance to the knockout rounds took a heavy blow with the announcement.

Falcao’s chances to be healthy enough to make the final roster were an open question after he suffered an ACL injury in January while with his club side Monaco. He said he just wasn’t match fit enough to help the side even though his recovery was reportedly ahead of schedule. He scored nine goals in the South American qualifiers.

Head Coach Jose Pekerman had this to say about Falcao,

”We can say to all of Colombia that he did more than was within his power to play,” Pekerman said at the press confeence. ”He deserved the right for us to wait and keep the hope alive.”

Thankfully for Falcao, he is only 28 so he has a chance to help Colombia during the 2018 World Cup Qualifying cycle while he is still is around his prime. He has 20 career goals for Colombia which ranks him tied-for-second with Faustino Asprilla just five goals behind the legendary Arnoldo Iguaran.

Group C is still a very winnable group for the South Americans with the likes of Greece, Japan and Ivory Coast as their opponents. The question for Colombia now is which of the other forwards will step up to fill the shoes of Falcao? The other four strikers on Colombia’s roster have only combined for 25 international goals.

Here is the final 23-man roster for the 2014 World Cup:

Goalkeepers:

David Ospina, Nice

Faryd Mondragon, Deportivo Cali

Camilo Vargas, Santa Fe

Defenders:

Mario Yepes, Atalanta

Cristian Zapata, AC Milan

Carlos Valdes, San Lorenzo

Eder Alvarez Balanta, River Plate

Santiago Arias, PSV Eindhoven

Juan Camilo Zuniga, Napoli

Pablo Armero, Napoli

Midfielders:

Carlos Sanchez, Elche

Fredy Guarin, Inter Milan

Abel Aguilar, Toulouse

Aldo Leao Ramirez, Morelia

Juan Fernando Quintero, Porto

James Rodriguez, Monaco

Juan Guilermo Cuadrado, Fiorentina

Alexander Mejia, Nacional

Victor Ibarbo, Cagliari

Forwards:

Carlos Bacca, Sevilla

Adrian Ramos, Hertha Berlin

Teofilo Gutierrez, River Plate

Jackson Martinez, Porto

Related Links:

2014 World Cup: Colombia Announce 30-Man Provisional Roster

Chris Blakely writes for Stoppage Time Soccer. You can follow him on Twitter @TheRealCBlakely.

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