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Watch: The violent collision that has put Radamel Falcao in hospital

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After failed spells at Manchester United and Chelsea and, most recently, a cheeky hand gesture to Tottenham fans at Wembley, Radamel Falcao isn't exactly the most popular player amongst fans in England right now.

However, while they're more than happy to bemoan his goal-scoring ability, even his biggest critics wouldn't wish any serious harm on the Colombian striker.

Unfortunately, that's exactly what happened during Wednesday night's Ligue 1 clash between Monaco and Nice when Falcao was involved in a frankly scary collision with the latter's goalkeeper.

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With Monaco already trailing 2-0, the veteran striker was attempting to latch onto a high through ball in the final moments of the first half when he collided with Nice shot-stopper Yoan Cardinale.

As you can see in the video below, the impact came at high speed with Falcao's head and neck seeming to take the brunt of it as he bounced to the floor.

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It wasn't quite Harald Schumacher on Patrick Battiston in the 1982 World Cup, but there is no doubt that Cardinale came in with some serious force.

To add insult to genuine injury, per English Ligue 1 journalist Jonathan Johnson, the foul was actually awarded against Falcao.

Hospital stay

Falcao suffered a concussion as a result of the collision and, according to Monaco manager Leonardo Jardim, the Premier League misfit was forced to stay overnight in a nearby hospital as a precaution as further tests were carried out.

With Cardinale having escaped without even a yellow card, Jardim went on to claim that referees should be clamping down on this sort of dangerous incident.

Falcao is still in hospital after suffering a concussion," the Monaco boss told reporters, via Goal.

"The referees have to pay closer attention and punish actions like this. It should have been a red card in my opinion.

"When a player takes such a risk [to injure an opponent], there has to be some sort of punishment."

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At this point, it is unclear how serious Falcao's concussion is and how long he can expect to spent on the sideline.

However, after a strong start to the new season, it is an unfortunate setback for the 30-year-old.

Falcao already has three goals in four games for Monaco this season after returning to the club following two disastrous spells in England with United and Chelsea.

With the game ending in a 4-0 defeat for Monaco and Falcao forced to end his night early, it was actually another Premier League flop, Mario Balotelli, who was the hero of the evening - the former Liverpool striker bagging two goals to give Nice the three points.

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