PARIS (AP) — Monaco's Colombia striker Radamel Falcao faces an anxious wait to find out if he has a serious knee injury after being taken off on a stretcher in the French Cup on Wednesday.
Falcao opened the scoring for Monaco in the 29th minute with his 11th goal of the season, but was caught by a heavy tackle from Chasselay center half Soner Ertek in the 40th as he charged into the penalty area. Falcao, tipped to be a star at the World Cup, was clearly in pain as he clutched his left knee and immediately called for medical attention.
Falcao is due to have further medical tests "in the coming days to clarify the exact nature of the injury," Monaco said in a statement.
After receiving treatment he was stretchered off a few minutes later and replaced by Emmanuel Riviere, who scored twice in the second half as Monaco won 3-0 to reach the last 16.
The 27-year-old Falcao turned neatly into the area as he received a pass and, as he was about to line up a shot, Ertek came charging in from the side and all of his weight hit Falcao's knee. Remarkably, no penalty was given, even though Ertek was nowhere near to getting the ball.
"That's all I am thinking about, I'm not thinking about the match at all," Ertek said. "I didn't dare to go and see him after the incident. I will be sorry my whole life if his season is finished."