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Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink says Radamel Falcao’s most recent injury is “very serious”, amid fears the Colombian has already played his last game for the club.
Falcao, who is on loan at Stamford Bridge from Monaco until the end of the season, suffered a suffered a recurrence of the thigh muscle injury he sustained in October.
Former Netherlands manager Hiddink insists he will not rush the 29-year-old back to action, despite the dearth of striking options at Stamford Bridge.
“The medical staff and physical staff will bring him to me when he is recovered, and we haven’t set a time on that,” Hiddink said.
“We’ll give him time to recover because he’s always dropping back into physical problems. Normally I like to put a little pressure on [the medical staff] to have the player available, but in this case I’ll step back and let them deliver a fit player to me.”
Hiddink refused to speculate on whether the striker, who has netted just one goal in his eleven games for Chelsea, will be fit enough to play again before the end of the season.
“There are still many months to go, so that’s too far. We’re almost at the end of January, then February, normally six, seven, eight weeks with serious damage. It’s very serious,” the Dutchman said.
“It’s a pity for him because he’s very eager to come back. That’s a bit of the problem — he was so eager the previous time and wanted to prove himself maybe a little bit too much to me, and then he fell into this injury again.”
Falcao joined Chelsea last summer after an unsuccessful loan stint at Manchester United, but Monaco vice-president Vadim Vasilyev says the Ligue 1 club would have recalled him this January had he not been suffering a thigh injury.
“It’s true that we have spoken several times with Falcao,” Vasilyev told RMC.
“The first idea was that he returned to Monaco to play the second half of the season.
“He came to us, he was assessed by our doctors. Unfortunately, he was injured. We took the decision, it is better that he remains at Chelsea.”