Colombia will be missing one of their biggest stars as Radamel Falcao has been ruled out of the squad with injury.
The South American powerhouse, currently ranked 3rd in the world according to FIFA, will take on the United States at Craven Cottage in London this Friday, November 14th.
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Falcao made a move to Manchester United on a season-long loan this summer, but his time in England has been far from expected.
The striker has battled injury problems all season, scoring only one goal in five appearances for the Red Devils. United currently sit seventh on the Premier League table.
After starting his career with River Plate in Argentina, Falcao rose to prominence at FC Porto, scoring 72 goals in 87 appearances. A move to Atletico Madrid saw even more goals for the Colombian, who continued to score at a blistering pace.
From 2009-2013, Falcao posted four straight 30+ goal seasons.
Colombia reached the quarterfinals of the World Cup this summer without their star striker, who was sidelined after a serious knee injury he suffered playing for Monaco in France’s Ligue 1.
Falcao missed eight months while rehabbing from his injury, and pictures showing the Colombian icing his knee after training sessions have worried his new Manchester United supporters. If Falcao cannot remain healthy, his one-year loan may be his only time spent in Manchester.
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As well as missing the friendly against the United States, Falcao will also miss Colombia’s match against Slovenia on November 18th.
For Jurgen Klinsmann and the U.S. team, they will still have their hands full with James Rodriguez and Co. in a huge matchup for the red, white and blue.