The father of Colombia star Radamel Falcao on Wednesday raised doubts as to his son’s chances of being fit to take part in the World Cup finals. Falcao, 28, ruptured anterior cruciate knee ligaments playing for Monaco in a French Cup tie in January.

However, such injuries usually need six months to recover, and his father Radamel Garcia told Colombian radio station RCN: “Clinically he is doing really well, but he is not in a footballing sense.

“Up until now he has only been recovering physically, but now we need to see what happens, between now and the World Cup,” he added.

“He has practically 60 per cent recovered. But the rest is still missing: resistance, strength, speed, coordination, the fundamental things for a high-level sportsman.”

Viera on Nasri

In Paris, former France captain Patrick Vieira said Samir Nasri’s omission from the World Cup squad could return to haunt coach Didier Deschamps.

“I hoped it was a mistake,” Vieira said in an interview with ITV, for whom he will work as a pundit during the finals.

Nasri was overlooked when Deschamps named his provisional 30-man squad this week.

Vieira, however, said it was a mistake to leave one of France’s most creative players at home.

“If you want to have a chance, you have to take your best players,” Vieira, who works with Manchester City as head of the elite development squad, said. “I think this year Samir has played fantastically well. He was one of our best players at City.”


No European team has won a World Cup across the Atlantic and the trend is expected to continue in the upcoming extravaganza, according to iconic Swedish striker Zlatan Ibramohivic, who is backing Brazil to lift a record sixth world title and their first at home.

“Many good European nations will find it difficult to adjust because of weather conditions and there are also many small factors. I think Brazil is the favourites to win it,” the former Juventus and Barcelona striker told during an interaction on Thursday.

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