Manchester United striker Radamel Falcao has moved to allay concerns about his fitness, dismissing suggestions he is struggling to overcome a long-standing knee problem as nothing more than speculative ‘falsehoods’.
Falcao has made only five appearances for Manchester United since his high-profile loan move from Monaco in the summer transfer window, and has yet to complete 90 minutes in a game for his new club.
The Colombia international last played in the draw with West Brom on October 20, coming on as a late substitute, and it remains unclear when Louis van Gaal will have him available for selection once again.
Falcao suffered anterior cruciate ligament damage in his left knee while playing for Monaco in January, an injury that ended his World Cup ambitions, and it has since been claimed that he still requires an ice pack on it after any exertion.
The 28-year-old, however, has rejected the assertion that he is still plagued by knee trouble but it is rather a fresh calf complaint that has resulted in his absence, and he was eager to set the record straight when speaking to the official Manchester United website.
“It is a bit frustrating,” he said.
“Well, it is more than frustrating actually and it detracts from the credibility of the media that there is so much speculation and that so many falsehoods have been written about it.
"I think with an audience of so many millions of people, it is not right. I did take a small injury to my calf, which is something that I need to be careful with, but there are a lot of stories circulating that are pure speculation.”
There was some confusion regarding Falcao’s injury when Van Gaal, speaking to the press on Thursday, identified a ‘new’ problem, although it was later clarified that he was merely differentiating between the knee and calf issues.
Falcao, meanwhile, will at least be absent for the weekend encounter with Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium, but will return to training with Manchester United in the build up to the following game with Hull City at Old Trafford.
“I am getting better, I feel well and I hope to come back to the pitch soon,” Falcao 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."
Manchester United fans will be eager to see Falcao begin his career with the club in earnest, particular given that there could be a contractual obligation to make the deal a £43 million permanent one.