Radamel Falcao’s Colombia World Cup hopes still alive with provisional squad place

The AS Monaco star striker continues to work back toward fitness after cruciate ligament surgery in January and was given a bit more time with his place in Colombia's 30-man squad on Tuesday.

Colombia coach Jose Pekerman maintained hopes that star striker Radamel Falcao could make the World Cup finals by naming him in his 30-man provisional squad on Tuesday.

Falcao is recovering from surgery on ruptured cruciate ligaments and has not played since late January.

Despite major doubts about his fitness, the 28-year-old Monaco striker has repeatedly said he still hopes to be in Brazil.

Colombia have been drawn in Group C at the World Cup with Greece, the Ivory Coast and Japan.

They will face Greece in their opening game in Belo Horizonte on June 14.

Provisional Colombia squad for World Cup

Goalkeepers: David Ospina (Nice), Faryd Mondragon (Deportivo Cali), Camilo Vargas (Santa Fe)

Defenders: Pablo Armero (West Ham United), Camilo Zuñiga (Napoli), Aquivaldo Mosquera (América), Cristian Zapata (AC Milan), Luis Amaranto Perea (Cruz Azul), Eder Alvarez Balanta (River Plate), Mario Yepes (Atalanta), Carlos Valdés (San Lorenzo)

Midfielders: Abel Aguilar (Toulouse), Fredy Guarin (Inter Milan), Juan Cuadrado (Fiorentina), James Rodriguez (Monaco), Aldo Leao Ramirez (Morelia), Carlos Sanchez (Elche), Macnelly Torres (Al Shabab KSA), Santiago Arias (PSV Eindhoven), Edwin Valencia (Fluminense), Alexander Mejia (Atlético Nacional), Juan Quintero (Porto), Elkin Soto (Mainz).

Forwards: Radamel Falcao (Monaco) Luis Fernando Muriel (Udinese), Jackson Martinez (Porto), Carlos Bacca (Sevilla), Teofilo Gutierrez (River Plate), Adrian Ramos (Hertha Berlin), Victor Ibarbo (Cagliari).

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Published: May 14, 2014 04:00 AM