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Spanish reports suggest Radamel Falcao could be out for a maximum of two weeks…

Before Manchester United played Chelsea on Sunday, the media was swamped with reports that Colombian striker Radamel Falcao would not play in the match due to an injury sustained in training on Friday. The reports became true with the on-loan AS Monaco striker not featuring in the match. Comments made by United manager Louis van Gaal after the match confirmed the Colombian’s injury, but he played down any speculation of the injury being to his knee and that it was not serious. It was bad enough that Falcao, who scored his first goal for the club against Everton before the international break, was absent for the biggest game of the season so far, but reports purported to be from a ‘source close to the Old Trafford club’ suggest that the Colombian could miss the Manchester derby and spend a maximum on two weeks on the sidelines.

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The reports of Falcao being absent for a maximum on two weeks seem to come from El Tiempo and Futbol Red having been picked up by Sport Witness. They cite the below quote to the Spanish sources:

“What Falcao has is a muscle injury, which will mean he has one, or maximum two, weeks of incapacity. Fortunately it’s not serious. It’s nothing so big.”

If the quote is true, the chances of Falco being risked for such a big match will be slip, so United could be left with Robin van Persie and James Wilson, who both have done well recently, with the latter more successful for United’s U21’s, but if he was to be given a chance against Manchester City, I am sure he would give his all, just like he did in the final of the Manchester Senior Cup back in August, scoring four goals against their second string.

This week the media have reported that United and England captain Wayne Rooney could miss the Barclays Premier League clash with Manchester City this Sunday, which would be another big blow, if it is true of course. I cannot help but think about the possibility of either the media being fed lies by the club, or the fact that they could be reporting this to add some spin to the run up to the derby match on Sunday. There is not a lot of news at this moment in time, this seems to create some. No doubt, if it is true that both players are a big doubt, United will be at a loss, as whatever you say about Rooney, he puts his all into each game he plays, and they do not get much bigger than the Manchester derby.

I guess we will have to wait until Friday’s Managers Press Conference for Louis van Gaal to either confirm or deny the reports, not that he will if it is the Dutch veteran manager playing mind games with his Manchester City counterpart. I am sure United will give City a challenge this time and hopefully we will all feel much better in a weeks time if the blues are battered in their home stadium, which is something long overdue. I can dream, but I hope it will become a reality…

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