Radamel Falcao hasn’t featured for Chelsea since October 31 of last year and he won’t be appearing in any of Guus Hiddink’s lineups anytime soon.
The Blues boss has confirmed that the Colombia international’s current injury is ‘very serious’, refusing to schedule any sort of date as to when he might return to the fold.
After injuring his thigh in October 2015 against Liverpool, Falcao has failed to prove his fitness - his latest setback clearly has Hiddink worried that it will be some time before Stamford Bridge fans can expect to see him again.
"There are still many months to go, so that's too far," Hiddink said, as per Sky Sports.
"We're almost at the end of January, then February, normally six, seven, eight weeks with serious damage. It's very serious.
"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.
"If you've been one of the star players in Europe scoring many, many goals and then you have these [injury problems] at the age in which you want to perform in your career, it must be very hard for him."
Failure in England
Interestingly, it’s been reported of late that AS Monaco were set on recalling Falcao from his Premier League loan this month until his injury prevented that.
In any case, it would seem that his venture in England has been a failed one. His time with Manchester United last year left plenty to be desired and it would be extremely surprising to see him retained by Chelsea this summer.
Doubts are now steadily surfacing over whether the player of old, who routinely tore apart European defences, will ever take to the field again. Falcao might be beyond playing at the highest level of the game and so perhaps a move to the MLS beckons.
Monaco will certainly want to get their money’s worth, but Chelsea are highly unlikely to be amongst the bidders this summer.