Falcao returns to Manchester United training

The Colombia international was ruled out of Saturday’s 2-1 victory over Arsenal he was expected him to miss two more weeks but the player declared his hope to take part sooner

Manchester United striker Radamel Falcao has confirmed that he has returned to training after recovering from a calf problem.

The Colombia international had hoped to return for Saturday’s 2-1 win over Arsenal but manager Louis van Gaal later revealed that he expected him to be out for a further two weeks with a new injury.

Falcao has not featured for the Red Devils since their 2-2 draw with West Brom on October 20 and is yet to complete 90 minutes for his new club since his summer move.

However, the striker wrote on Twitter: “Back to training 100 per cent and ready to help the team in the next games.”

Back to training 100% and ready to help the team in the next games. pic.twitter.com/YV1xIHzz9R

— Radamel Falcao (@FALCAO) November 23, 2014

Saturday’s victory at the Emirates Stadium saw United move to fourth place in the Premier League table after 12 games.

The Red Devils now face two games in four days, with Hull City and Stoke City the next visitors to Old Trafford.

Manchester United expected Falcao injury problems, insists Van Gaal

Fitness problems have limited the Colombian to just five appearances for the Red Devils since arriving on a lucrative season-long loan deal from Monaco in the summer

Radamel Falcao’s ongoing injury problems are no surprise to Manchester United, according to Louis van Gaal.

Earlier this week Van Gaal to reveal on Thursday that a new injury will keep the striker out for another fortnight.

Fitness problems have limited Falcao to just five appearances for United since joining on a season-long loan from Monaco, but last month Goal revealed that United have already shaken hands on a €56 million permanent deal that will see the 28-year-old earn around €305,000 per week.

Van Gaal insists United always expected his new striker to suffer setbacks in his recovery from the serious knee injury that forced him to miss last summer’s World Cup, but is confident he will go on to deliver goals at Old Trafford.

When asked if he believes Falcao will repay his faith, the Dutchman told reporters: “I hope so. That is clear, I think.

“But do you think that we expected he would be so many weeks injured?” he added, while admitting that United agreed a loan rather than permanent deal due to the 28-year-old’s knee injury: “Yes, but because of that [injury] maybe we didn’t buy him and we’ve said that already.”

But while he remains confident Falcao will be a success, Van Gaal has warned all of his injured players that they must prove themselves worthy of getting back into his starting XI.

“I have explained to my players, it’s not only a question of fitness but also you have to train with the group,” he added.

“Then you have to be better than the players who are on the list. I’ve said that before. Until now he didn’t train with the group so it’s out of the question for him to be on the bench.

“I don’t give any chance to players when they are not fit. Believe me, see my record. See the Dutch team, see all my expressions about fitness, you have to be fit. What’s your name? It doesn’t matter, you have to be fit.

“And now we have a lot of injuries. So they are not fit, I’m sorry. Then I have to manage with the other players. And we believe in these players. And we shall show it.”

Falcao out for two weeks with 'new injury', says Van Gaal

The Manchester United manager told reporters of the setback, but the striker is confident of returning to his best once he has recovered amid concerns over his fitness

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal says striker Radamel Falcao will be out another for another two weeks after picking up a “new injury”.

The loanee striker has not featured since the 2-2 draw with West Brom on October 20 after suffering a calf injury and the Colombia team doctor recently revealed a return to fitness was not forthcoming.

Falcao is yet to complete a full 90 minutes for United since joining from Monaco and has just one goal to his name, but the striker is confident of improving once he has shaken off the new setback.

“I am getting better, I feel well and I hope to come back to the pitch soon,” Falcao told the club’s official website.

“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.”

Falcao’s fitness concerns have been linked to his recent knee injury which sidelined him for much of last season and the World Cup, but the striker has insisted such reports are completely false.

“It is a bit frustrating. 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,” he added.

“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.”

Manchester United pencil in Falcao return versus Arsenal

The Colombia striker has been training well at Carrington in recent days and could return to the Red Devils line-up for the first time since the 2-2 draw with West Brom in October

Manchester United striker Radamel Falcao is in line for a return to action against Arsenal on Saturday, Goal understands.

Falcao has missed the club’s last three matches, against Chelsea, Manchester City and Crystal Palace, with a calf injury but he has been training well since the end of last week and United staff are confident he will be able to feature against Arsene Wenger’s men.

The 28-year-old recently hit out at rumours that a permanent move to Old Trafford could be scuppered by his ongoing fitness issues, while Goal understands that the terms of the deal have already been established and agreed.

Falcao moved to Manchester on September 1, in the middle of his return from a knee ligament injury which kept him out of the 2014 World Cup.

He scored his first and, to date, only goal for United against Everton in October, but has played just 18 minutes since then after Louis van Gaal started him on the bench against West Brom due to fatigue from playing for Colombia in the United States just days beforehand.

Falcao has also been left out of the Colombia squad for the recent fixtures against the US and Slovenia, but coach Jose Pekerman has revealed that his star striker is nearing full fitness once again.

“There is no doubt he is in optimal condition,” he told reporters. “He’s recovered very successfully. He did everything perfectly. This is a small muscular injury, it is different to the knee injury before the World Cup.

“He’s in a good condition and could be ready for Arsenal. He hasn’t even started yet. He will be one of the best players Manchester United have had and will break a lot of records in England.”

Manchester United will see the best of Falcao – Pekerman

The Colombia striker recently hit out at reports that his fitness woes would scupper a permanent move to Old Trafford and his national boss is confident that he will be a success

Colombia coach Jose Pekerman is in no doubt that Radamel Falcao will find his feet at Manchester United.

Falcao has scored just once since moving to Old Trafford on loan this summer, the winner against Everton in October, and has missed the club’s last three matches through injury.

On Monday, the 29-year-old was forced to deny reports that a permanent move was to be scuppered thanks to his fitness woes, and Pekerman is confident that he will adapt to English football and be successful.

“Falcao is at one of the best clubs in the world, in one of the best leagues and with one of the best managers under Louis van Gaal,” he told reporters.

“Playing in England is clearly a new experience for him – but everywhere he has been he has adapted and excelled, achieved great things.

“That was the case in South America and also in Europe in Spain and at Monaco. There is no doubting his ability.

“And I am sure that Manchester United fans will see him at his very best once he has got through this difficult moment with injuries.”

Falcao is on a one-year loan deal from Monaco and Goal understands that the terms of a permanent transfer were put in place and agreed upon back in September.