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Colombia To Face Ecaudor Without Falcao

By Juan Arango



Colombia are just a couple of points away from reaching their first World Cup since 1998.  Somehow, someway things have to get a little difficult along the way and they will have to endure at least for a couple of matches without their talismanic forward Radamel Falcao García.  The AS Monaco man suffered a Grade 1 ankle sprain this past weekend against Olympique Marseille. 

The former Atlético Madrid man arrived in Barranquilla on Monday evening and then underwent a series of tests and its was determined that he needs to stay off the pitch for the matches against both Ecuador and Uruguay in this international date.  The Colombian national team mewdical staff were talking about possible a "miracle" only being the way we could see "El Tigre" on the pitch at the Estadio Metropolitano in the capital of the Atlantic coast.  The tough task will also see if Colombia is able to get points from a Uruguayan side that is fighting for their World Cup lives at the Estadio Centenario where they have struggled a great deal in the past few months. Obviously, this bit of news was not a good one for birthday boy José Pékreman who turned 64 today. 

Falcao's injury was confirmed by Colombian team doctor Carlos Ulloa said that the affected area still suffered from lots of swelling and the player still endured a bit of pain and it would be probable that he'll be out for at least two weeks. 

The probability of Porto striker Jackson Martínez is extremely high, save for a decision from coach José Pékerman to use Sevilla man Carlos Bacca instead. The former Junior and Club Brugge man currently is looked at as the forward with the best form right in European football.   

Los Cafeteros find themselves in second place in CONMEBOL with 23 points, three points behind Argentina who have a bye this round and will play Paraguay on Tuesday. 

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