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Falcao deserves World Cup spot, insists Bacca

Created on Feb. 08, 2014 2:48 PM EST

Colombia international Carlos Bacca says strike partner Radamel Falcao "deserves" to feature at this year's FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

The Monaco striker faces a race to be fit for the tournament after he suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee against Monts d'Or Azergues in the Coupe de France at the end of last month.

Falcao has established himself as one of the world's leading marksmen, and 20 goals in 49 appearances for Colombia emphasise his importance to Jose Pekerman's team.

And Sevilla forward Bacca is hopeful Falcao will make a full recovery, but says the team will give their all even if their talisman fails to make it to Brazil.

"We hope Falcao will make the World Cup," he told Perform. "He's a very important for us both on and off the pitch.

"He's important not only for us but for the whole country and the sport as well. In a World Cup you expect to have the world's best players and he's certainly among them.

"He deserves to be there and we will be waiting for him. If he doesn't make it, then we'll give our best the same way we would do if he was around.

"It's bad news for us. We wouldn't like this to happen to anybody in football. We wish him a speedy recovery. And for us, we will still do our best for our clubs so we can have the chance to be in the World Cup squad.

"With God's help we'll make it. But decisions are made by a very professional coach and they'll know better than anybody the necessities of the team in every game."

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