Colombia's Radamel Falcao a doubt for World Cup
As Radamel Falcao got stretchered off the field during Monaco's 3-0 victory in the Coup de France on Wednesday night, it prompted a tense and worrying moment for more than just fans of the Principality team; the hopes of his nation, Colombia, for the upcoming World Cup in Brazil rest largely on the front man's shoulders.
The knee injury sustained in his side's win has not fully been diagnosed as yet, but if captain Jeremy Toulalan's words are anything to go by, the striker's participation this summer looks to be uncertain at best: "We lost Radamel Falcao tonight and it looks quite serious. We are disappointed for him and the news is not reassuring."
With almost half of the foremer Atletico Madrid striker's 20 international goals coming in the South American Qualifying campaign, where Colombia finished second, Falcao's importance to his country cannot be overstated.
Other big names to have been ruled out of the World Cup or are struggling to make it in time include England's Theo Walcott and Sami Khedira of Germany, but it is the news surrounding Falcao which is the biggest yet.
Even the most staunch of anti-Colombia supporters should be wishing him a speedy recovery, as the world's biggest stage needs its biggest performers and Radamel Falcao certainly falls into that category.