Radamel Falcao is said to miss AS Monaco's weekend Ligue 1 clash against Rennes due to a thigh strain, according to manager Claudio Ranieri.
The Colombian striker has scored nine times for the newly-promoted team in the league, having played 14 games so far this season.
Monaco sit third in the French league, but have only won two of their last five matches in all competitions, and this weekend against Rennes they'll be without their top goalscorer, but Ranieri has confirmed it is nothing to worry about.
"He's been suffering from a thigh problem," he commented. "But it is nothing worrying, we have just decided not to take a risk with our best striker, so he will not play against Rennes."
In their last match the 27-year-old only lasted an hour before being substituted off, but Monaco went on to win the game 1-0, with a strike in the 70th minute through Mounir Obbadi.
However, the former Inter Milan boss has stated he had no choice when it came to playing Falcao last weekend: "I knew making him play more than an hour was risky, but players want to play."
Monaco, meanwhile, have an good run-in going into the Christmas, as three of their final games are home fixtures, while the other two encounters include Ajaccio and Valenciennes.
But these are matches where the 62-year-old coach needs his frontman to be fit and ready to grab goals - and, as he concluded, he isn't risking anything yet.
"He's been feeling a bit of pain over the last few days," Ranieri added, "so I am not taking any risks."
The Red and Whites sit five points off top of the table PSG, and one point behind Lille. With Laurent Blanc's side scoring 11 goals more than the French second division champions.
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