Falcao may pay price for World Cup fitness fight, warns South American expert

first_imgSouth American football expert Tim Vickery admits there are question marks over the long-term fitness of Radamel Falcao.The Colombian strike star missed the World Cup in the summer with a serious knee injury and has only recently returned to action.Manchester United sealed a season-long loan deal for the forward on transfer deadline day and he is line to make his debut against Queens Park Rangers this weekend.In a further twist, stories have re-surfaced this week suggesting Falcao is older than 28 and, while Vickery refutes those claims, he does confess to being more concerned about the ‘age’ of his body.“There have been stories in South America that he is a couple of years older than he says, but school teachers have been produced who have confirmed he is that age,” he said on the Hawksbee and Jacobs show.“But the question for me is how old are his knees? You wonder if he has paid the price for working night and day to get fit for the World Cup.“He suffered that serious injury at the start of the year and the line at the time was there no chance [of him recovering in time for Brazil 2014]. He worked so hard to try to get fit, but failed, and has he paid a price for that?“He didn’t start for Colombia in their friendly against Brazil this week and only came on for the last 15 minutes, which is a declaration he’s not fit.“As long as he’s fit he will score reams of goals from the service he will get from [Angel] Di Maria. And let’s hope he is fit because it’s wonderful for the Premier League to have a player like that, but that question mark will exist until he gets out on the pitch and proves otherwise.”last_img read more