FIFA World Cup 2018: Colombia defender Frank Fabra ruled out of tournament with serious knee injury

Bogota: Colombia defender Frank Fabra has been ruled out of a maiden World Cup with a serious knee injury hours before the South Americans were scheduled to travel to their team base in Kazan, the Colombian football federation said on Saturday.

Colombia's defender Frank Fabra. AFP

Colombia's defender Frank Fabra. AFP

The Boca Juniors left-back suffered a "ruptured anterior cruciate ligament" in his left knee during a training session in Italy, the federation said in a statement.

"I fought, I worked hard and tried to get better... but now my heart is broken into a million little pieces," Fabra lamented in a message on his Instagram account.

According to medical experts, Fabra's recovery will take between four and six months.

Fabra will be replaced in Jose Pekerman's squad "in the coming hours" by one of Colombia's reserve players — most likely to be left-sided defender Farid Diaz, who plays for Olimpia in Paraguay.

Colombia will start their Group H campaign against Japan on 19 June in Saransk before then facing Poland and Senegal.


Updated Date: Jun 10, 2018 14:49 PM

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