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Manchester United's Radamel Falcao could sit out the game against Arsenal

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Modified 13 Nov 2014, 02:03 IST
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File photo of Radamel Falcao in training with his Manchester United teammates

Although Radamel Falcao is scheduled to return to the Manchester United squad when they travel to the Emirates after the international break on November 22 to take on Arsenal, he might not be taken on the trip to allow him to rest some more. United manager Louis Van Gaal has said that though Falcao could be fit to play, he and the other injured players making a return such as Jonny Evans, Rafael and Phil Jones might all not be a part of the squad.

Falcao back in training

The Colombian international, who had been sidelined due to a calf injury for the last three weeks, had not played a game for United since coming on as a substitute against West Bromwich Albion. The 28-year-old announced his return to training in preparation for the match against Arsenal on 22nd November with this tweet.

Falcao’s return to training will be a huge relief to United fans who have been eagerly waiting for the former Atletico Madrid striker to regain full fitness and become the prolific scorer that he was before his injury last year.

Van Gaal: Falcao won’t start against Arsenal

When asked whether Falcao had any chance of starting against the Gunners, Van Gaal said, "No, I don't think so because now some [injured players] of them have already not played for five, six, seven weeks. They could sit on the bench because they can play 20 minutes but I cannot put a lot of players who are not 100 per cent fit on the bench.

You saw what happened with [Paddy] McNair [getting cramp against Crystal Palace] because the rhythm of the game is very high in the Premier League."

Falcao’s career at Old trafford has so far been very stop-start as he has battled with an ongoing knee problem and has found the net just once after his loan move from Monaco in the summer.

Published 12 Nov 2014, 20:44 IST
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