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Monaco striker Radamel Falcao insists that he is still holding out hope for representing Colombia in this summer’s World Cup as he continues to work his way back from injury.
Falcao has been out of action since February after picking up an anterior cruciate ligament injury and was initially expected to miss the trip to South America.
However, the 28-year-old has recovered sooner than predicted and has resumed training this week with the Ligue 1 side.
Colombia boss Jose Pekerman has announced his provisional 30-man squad for the competition and as expected the former Atletico Madrid man was included.
But Falcao admits if he is not at 100 per cent he will be forced to pull out and it could provide an opportunity for Sevilla striker Carlos Bacca to step in.
Falcao said: “To get to 100 per cent football-wise will be impossible, because I lack hours of competitive football.
“In order to resume, if I am feeling good, I will go. If I see that I am not sure, and I’m not going to contribute anything, I will be sensible and I will not go.
“I’m getting better every week. My knee has evolved well and I’m happy about that. My knee is fine.
“I work in a simple manner every day. I am getting used to coordination with the ball.”
Colombia are priced at 2.50 to reach the round of 16 and have been drawn in Group C with the Ivory Coast, Greece and Japan for the showpiece tournament in Brazil.