Radamel Falcao has recovered from injury and plans to go full speed for Colombia against Guatemala. By Frank Dell'Apa.
By Frank Dell’Apa
MIAMI – Radamel Falcao has recovered from the leg strain which caused him to miss Atletico Madrid’s games in La Liga and Copa del Rey . And Falcao plans to go full speed when Colombia meets Guatemala in an exhibition match in Miami Wednesday.
“I am feeling good,” Falcao said after arriving from Madrid Monday. “I had to stop for the injury for a short time and I needed time to get back to 100 percent. It was frustrating but all the games I missed have allowed me to come back to the field and take on the demands of the game. The most important thing is to gain my rhythm football-wise.
“This game is to get more minutes, to help me recover my rhythm fast.”
Falcao, injured in a game against Levante Jan. 20, failed to score, departing in the 80th minute of Atletico Madrid’s 1-0 win over Real Betis Sunday.
“I had muscular problems and it was for precaution,” Falcao said of being substituted. “It was only to see if I was totally recovered.”
Colombia ( 16 points) is in third place in South American qualifying for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. The Cafeteros’ next official match will be against Bolivia March 22.
“The group is strong, we are secure, confident, our principal themes are getting the victory,” Falcao said. “We have a roster of some of the best players in South America.”
Atletico trails Barcelona by nine points in La Liga.
“Mathematically, the possibilities exist,” Falcao said of chasing Barça. “We are going to fight for the title and try to get it. But the important thing is to get to the Champions .”
Falcao refused offers to transfer during January.
“I have three more years on my contract, and I only think about the club and I’m very happy and comfortable here,” Falcao said. “I have the ambition to keep growing and getting better with this club and La Liga and have the opportunity to be in the Euro League and compete in the Copa del Rey. ”