Injuries, injuries, and further injuries. Troubling news comes via the Guardian, who report that Manchester United's Radamel Falcao is still struggling with his left knee. Apparently the Colombian striker, who suffered damage to the anterior cruciate ligaments in his left knee last January, must apply an ice-pack to his knee after every training session.
This, reportedly, is required to "mitigate against further damage" and has "surprised United players". There's no suggestion that this problem would prevent him playing, however, and his current absence from the team is down to an unrelated calf injury. He will not join up with Colombia for their international against the USA in London on Friday.
Speaking last week, Louis van Gaal was unable to provide an exact date for Falcao's return. However, speaking to Colombian radio, Falcao's father estimated described the injury as "a little pull" and estimated that the striker would be fit in two to three weeks.
Update: Falcao has just put this up on the Twitter. Could be entirely unconnected. Maybe he's talking about the defence.
One fool speculates. A few others lacking objectivity respond and millions believe lies. It is disastrous what a few fools can do.— Radamel Falcao (@FALCAO) November 10, 2014