It’s touch and go whether Falcao makes the World Cup for Colombia, but it seems unlikely that the Monaco striker will be fit for the tournament, with club and international James Rodriguez more than ready to fill the void.
There’s no doubting the quality the skilful midfielder can offer on the world stage, having commanded a €45million fee when Porto sold him to the Monte Carlo club last summer.
Still only 22, Rodriguez has achieved a lot since moving to Europe back in 2010, winning three Portuguese titles and a Europa League with Porto.
A winger by trade, Rodriguez spent his early career as a central playmaker, supporting a striker during his time in Argentina with Banfield.
Since being in Europe the 22-year-old has featured mostly on the wings, providing the ammunition for his recently injured compatriot Falcao.
Deadly from set-pieces, his left-foot has orchestrated many a goal and assist and he is extremely capable of delivering the ball onto a striker’s head or going for goal himself.
His shooting is a powerful asset, firing off direct, accurate efforts that keepers can struggle with in this day and age. Impressively, he has already attempted 81 shots this season in Ligue 1.
Due to his abilities, the Colombian can operate on either flank, cutting in to shoot or go down to the byline to put a cross in, if necessary.
His stats are consistent, banging in nine goals and assisting 11 others in 31 appearances during his first season in France, taking Monaco up to second, behind PSG.
Rodriguez can already point to 21 international caps sitting on his mantelpiece, having four goals in those games.
Considering Falcao’s almost certain absence, Rodriguez will be tasked with creating opportunities for former club team-mate Jackson Martinez, who will be Colombians' main man up top.
This close relationship will be valuable to Jose Pekerman’s side, who many believe can cause problems for any side in Brazil this summer, especially considering their opposition during the group stages.
Greece, Japan and Ivory Coast stand in the South Americans’ way of a place in the knockout stages, but they will feel confident of their own progression.
During qualification Colombia earned a superb victory away at World Cup dark horses Chile, proving the pedigree they possess - so they will come to Brazil believing they can make the latter stages.