Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has told MUTV that Colombian striker Radamel Falcao has picked up another injury and won't return to the first-team setup for two more weeks.
Falcao has endured a tricky opening period at Old Trafford after joining the club from Ligue 1 outfit Monaco this past summer. After scoring his first goal for the Red Devils against Merseyside outfit Everton on October 5, the forward has only featured in one other game for the club as he came off the bench against West Brom on October 20.
Since then, however, Falcao has been out on the sidelines, but he's now set to be out of action for even longer than initially expected.
The striker, of course, suffered a serious knee injury in January while playing for Monaco, and has failed to maintain his fitness in recent time at the Theatre of Dreams.
Falcao only recently insisted that he was closing in on a return to action, as he told MUTV: “I am getting better, I feel well and I hope to come back to the pitch soon,” Radamel explained. “It is disappointing that I can’t play but I have to be calm and recover because that is important to help the team when I return to the games."
This latest blow for the striker, then, will certainly disappoint him as well as the Manchester United faithful. With it being revealed that he's two weeks away from a return, it's certain that he will miss United's upcoming fixture with rivals Arsenal, whilst he also looks set to miss the side's clash with Hull City on November 29.
Manchester United fans will be hoping that he's in contention to play against Stoke City at the start of December, but he may well have to wait for the showdown with high-flyers Southampton on December 8.
United's immediate attention, though, will turn to this weekend, as Louis van Gaal and Co. look to secure all three points against Arsenal at the Emirates. The Red Devils will be desperate to claim the victory after an inconsistent start to the campaign.
With Falcao out of action, it appears that captain Wayne Rooney will be partnered by former Arsenal man Robin van Persie in attack.