Manchester United are expecting Radamel Falcao to make his anticipated return from injury in the Premier League clash against Arsenal on Saturday, reports Goal.
Louis van Gaal has seen his squad further decimated by injury during the international break with Daley Blind and David de Gea adding to his concerns. Blind is facing six weeks out with a knee injury while De Gea is waiting to discover the extent of damage on his dislocated finger.
The goalkeeper could be facing four weeks out, leaving Van Gaal with just Anders Lindegaard to choose from. Add that to the already injured Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo Rafael and Jonny Evans and you have a weak looking defence.
"He's in a good condition and could be ready for Arsenal."
With Manchester United charged with the task of stopping Alexis Sanchez at the Emirates, Van Gaal has little choice but to try and fight fire with fire. Falcao will return to a talented forward line for the trip to north London having missed the club's last three games against Chelsea, Manchester City and Crystal Palace.
Falcao, 28, suffered a calf injury in a routine training session with Manchester United but has been in full training since last week. He didn't play for Colombia's win against the USA last week, but the national coach claimed the striker was ready to return.
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"There is no doubt he is in optimal condition," Jose Pekerman told reporters. "He's recovered very successfully. He did everything perfectly. This is a small muscular injury, it is different to the knee injury before the World Cup.
"He's in a good condition and could be ready for Arsenal. He hasn't even started yet. He will be one of the best players Manchester United have had and will break a lot of records in England."
Much to prove
Manchester United haven't seen the best of Falcao since his stunning loan move from AS Monaco was completed on transfer deadline day. The Red Devils are currently paying the striker a handsome £265,000-a-week wage and have only seen one goal against Everton in return.
Van Gaal does have the option to make the deal permanent for a fee of over £40 million, but as of yet, Falcao has not proved to be worth such an outlay. Manchester United fans will be hoping that can change against Arsenal.