Struggling for fitness, form and goals, Radamel Falcao’s spell at Chelsea has swiftly transpired into a nightmare.
With just a single goal in nine appearances and being practically annexed from the first team, El Tigre has proven a resounding failure in English football.
As a result, a number of Chelsea supporters have called for the Colombian's loan spell to be ended and Falcao has been peppered with rumours linking him with a move away from Stamford Bridge. It certainly seems that the loan deal being cut short is closer to a reality than many would expect.
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However, revelations this week may just have complicated attempts to offload Falcao in January.
The 29-year-old has been ruled out until mid-January with yet another injury, in this instance a thigh crock.
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It proves the latest in a chain of injuries for the Colombian that have littered his career since a severe incident in January 2014 involving his knee.
BBC Sport report Guus Hiddink as saying: "I think it's back to square one.
"We had him in a game and he had this injury again that he had before. It's the inside of his thigh.
"We hope within ten days he might be fit again, though not to play."
Falcao hasn’t sported the Chelsea jersey since the club's 3-1 surrender to Liverpool in November. It appears sporadic fitness is providing little respite amidst the forward’s yawning goal drought.
However, the latest injury threatens to do much more than rule Falcao out for half a month. The setback may in fact jeopardise intentions for the player’s loan spell to be cut short.
If Falcao continues to be plagued by crocks it is unlikely that clubs will dip their toe in the market to snap up an injured player.
After all, considering the current situation, El Tigre won’t be passing any medicals any time soon.
It is unclear whether Chelsea are attracted by the proposition of ending Falcao’s loan or even if this is contractually possible, but the injury lowers the likelihood of this taking place.
With such money-sapping wages and so few goals in return, there seems few positives for Chelsea if they do decide to keep Falcao. However, the thigh knock appears to see the Blues have their hands tied over the matter.
Even if the Stamford Bridge side are desperate to show the exit to the Colombian, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to find a buyer when he is so ravaged by injury.
There can be little doubting that Falcao’s Chelsea tenure has been nothing short of a disaster but whether or not he will leave in January remains up in the air.
Yet what is for certain is that with such a barren recent goal record and an unrelenting series of injuries, it's becoming harder by the day for the Blues to offload their calamitous forward.
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