In a press conference, Colombian soccer player Radamel Falcao, along with Portuguese surgeon Dr. Jose Carlos Noronha and the physician for the Colombian national soccer selection, Dr. Carlos Ulloa, the athlete said he is very optimistic about the possibility of making a full recovery in time to participate in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Falcao suffered a serious injury to his right knee during a game last Wednesday; he underwent surgery on Saturday.
“I am very willing to do everything in my power,” Falcao said, making it clear that from this point forward he is trying to beat the clock but he won’t force his recovery either.
The athlete has been in constant contact with the head coach of Colombia’s selection, Jose Pekerman, who was understandably upset with the situation but knows that the number one priority is Falcao’s health. According to Dr. Noronha, it’s too soon to say whether or not the athlete will be able to play in Brazil but he’s giving him a 50 % chance. Falcao’s injury will be evaluated again in three months.
Dr. Noronha did, however, reject statements made by other doctors who claim than an injury of this type requires a minimum of six months for full recovery. “The studies were all conducted before the technology we have today existed…Falcao is a great athlete and his physical condition will help his recovery tremendously.”