Radamel Falcao's bid to recover from a serious knee injury in time for the World Cup is on track, according to an update from his club Monaco.
The Colombia striker suffered anterior cruciate ligament damage during his side's 3-0 win over minnows Monts d'Or Azergues in the Coupe de France last month and it was feared he would miss the rest of the season and the summer's World Cup.
But Dr Jose Carlos Noronha, who operated on him in Portugal, offered an encouraging prognosis in late January.
According to the Associated Press, Noronha said the 28-year-old has "a 55 percent chance of playing in the World Cup."
A statement on Monaco's website on Wednesday read: "Radamel Falcao has successfully completed the first phase of his recovery further to the operation on his left knee.
"AS Monaco FC and the player would like to thank all the people who took care of Falcao in Porto, in particular the medical department of Doctor Jose Carlos Noronha and the FC Porto club.
"Radamel Falcao is going to pursue from this Thursday the second phase of his recovery in the sport clinic in Madrid, in close collaboration with the medical department of AS Monaco FC.''
Falcao was signed from Atletico Madrid last summer for 60 million euros, having previously won a Treble of the domestic league and cup and the Europa League while at Porto.
He has scored over 30 goals in each of the last four seasons and, with 11 from 19 games, was on course for a similar total this term until his injury.
The forward -- nicknamed 'El Tigre' -- was Colombia's top scorer in their World Cup qualification campaign with nine goals.