Injured Colombia striker Radamel Falcao is daring to dream, as he appeared optimistic of making his nation's World Cup squad.
The Monaco attacker had surgery on Saturday to address a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, an injury he picked up on Wednesday in the Ligue 1 club's 3-0 Coupe de France victory over Monts d'Or Azergues.
"I am convinced that everything is going to be OK and I will be able to give the best I have (at the World Cup)," Falcao said, during a press conference held at a Porto hospital.
"When they told me at first that I had a serious injury and there was only a small chance of participating (in Brazil), I didn't care whether it was 10, 20 or 50 per cent.
"I was counting on that chance.
"This is my hope and with this dream I will work every day. A lot has to do with my emotional state. This is something that I can manage each day."
Falcao said he understands he is short of time, with Colombia's first group match at the pinnacle event against Greece in Belo Horizonte on June 14.
"Without a doubt, I think that time is not on our side but I think the possibility exists and that is where I find hope," the 27-year-old said.
"I try not to think about whether (recovery) will be two, three, four months, but rather to focus on the day to day."
But Falcao also said he would not be rushing his recovery in order to board a plane to Brazil, but with a likely six-month period required to overcome such a serious injury, that puts his squad spot in significant doubt.
"I can't skip any steps," the former Atletico Madrid and Porto striker said.
"The main thing is that I can respect the recovery steps for a good rehab.
"At no time will I pressure myself or the capacity of my knee to recover."
Falcao is expected to check out of the Trinidade de Oporto hospital on Tuesday and remain in Porto for three weeks to continue his recovery.
|Ba left out of Senegal AFCON squad|
|Redknapp frustrated by penalty call|
|Wenger sees Giroud wrongs|
|Premier League schedule a ´disgrace´, says Poyet|
|Championship Review: Bournemouth stay top, Heskey scores on Bolton debut|
|Hughes lauds Bojan performance|
|Koeman: Saints marching on|
|Pardew rues referee error|
|Arsenal 2 QPR 1: Sublime Alexis secures the spoils|
|Martinez questions Walters decision|
|Poyet laments Sunderland mistakes|
|League One Review: Swindon cruise to win over Walsall|
|Irvine aware of need for improvement|
|United still doing ´very bad things´ - Van Gaal|
|Lambert proud of players despite Swansea defeat|
|Warnock bemoans Palace defence|
|Bruce hails Hull´s spirit|
|Pochettino relieved to come away with victory|
|Dyche: We had our pocket pinched|
|Monk hails Fabianski performance|
|Pearson demands greater concentration from Leicester|
|Kompany set for City return|
|Rodgers hails character after battling win|
|League Two Review: Ainsworth frustrated by Luton, Shrewsbury go top|
|Everton 0 Stoke City 1: Lacklustre Everton slip to defeat|
|Sunderland 1 Hull City 3: Triumphant return for Bruce|
|Burnley 0 Liverpool 1: Sterling wins it at Turf Moor|
|Leicester City 1 Tottenham 2: Eriksen piles misery on Pearson´s men|
|Manchester United 3 Newcastle United 1: Rooney extends hosts´ streak|
|West Brom 1 Manchester City 3: Three and easy for in-form champions|
|Swansea City 1 Aston Villa 0: Hosts break Boxing Day duck|
|Crystal Palace 1 Southampton 3: Mane marks return with star performance|
|Allardyce upbeat despite defeat|
|Van Dijk happy at Celtic - Deila|
|Table-topping Chelsea delight Mourinho|
|Chelsea 2 West Ham 0: Mourinho´s men ease to victory|
|Suarez enjoying Messi, Neymar link-up|
|A-League Review: Garcia rescues point for Perth, Adelaide up to second|
|Poyet calls for mid-season break|
|Van Gaal rules out Januzaj move|
|Rodgers: Balotelli may have to get used to bench|
|Lallana: I was trying too hard|
|Walker juggles music, football careers in Sweden|
|Song to face ´brother from another mother´ Fabregas|
|Adriano announces Le Havre deal|
|Pardew braced for Old Trafford test|
|Lescott unfazed by City reunion|
|Tskhadadze appointed Georgia coach|
|United to finish top three - Ferdinand|
|Allardyce: Stamford Bridge stalemate saved my job|
|Southampton need three January signings, says Watson|
|Liverpool can make Champions League, says fanzine editor|
|Walsh: Hull clash crucial for Leicester|
|Toure, Aubameyang and Enyeama make shortlist for African gong|
|Docherty backs Chelsea to win two-horse race|
|Liverpool could benefit from Hyypia influence - Scales|
|Saudi Arabia name Asian Cup squad|
|Forty-year-old Cahill no problem for Postecoglou|