Wednesday 21 February 2018

Chelsea face paying injured Falcao £140,000 a week for rest of the season

Colombia striker has suffered a fresh injury set-back which could scupper his hopes of a January transfer

Radamel Falcao is injured
Radamel Falcao is injured

Matt Law

Radamel Falcao has suffered another significant injury setback that could lumber Chelsea with the striker and his £140,000-a-week wages for the rest of the season.

Falcao has been out with a thigh injury since October 31 and suffered a recurrence of the problem in a training game at Chelsea’s Cobham base over the past week.

Interim manager Hiddink had hoped to start building Falcao up to match fitness, but the Colombian is not expected to start training again for another 10 days – meaning he is unlikely to be fit to play again in January.

Chelsea are open to the prospect of cancelling Falcao’s disastrous loan and either sending him back to Monaco or finding a new club for him to complete the season with.

But the 29-year-old’s latest injury setback may see Monaco refuse to take him back and scare off any potential suitors who had considered a January move.

Despite managing to convince Falcao to take a 50 per cent wage cut to move to Stamford Bridge, his season-long loan has already been an expensive failure as he has only started one Premier League game and scored one goal in all competitions.

Hiddink said: “We had him (Falcao) in a game. I can't remember the day, but we had him in a game and he had this injury again that he had before. It's the inside of his thigh.

“He was out and our medical staff tried to build him up, and he had a setback which is not always a positive signal. We hope within 10 days he might be fit again (to train). Not to play, no.”

Asked whether Falcao is now back to square one in terms of his fitness, Hiddink added: “Yes, yes. I think so. He's in treatment at the moment. He cannot appear on the pitch.”

Hiddink insisted there have not yet been any talks over the prospect of ending Falcao’s loan, but did not dismiss the possibility of him being allowed to leave in January.

“We have an open period from the first to the last day of the January window,” said Hiddink. “First of all it's important, in the situation Chelsea are in, that we have the most powerful squad possible. If something happens, always there are consequences.”

Falcao’s setback and Loic Remy’s calf problem means Hiddink must hope Diego Costa, who is back from suspension, does not suffer any sort of injury before Chelsea’s trip to Crystal Palace on Sunday. The Dutchman has also admitted he may need a new striker in the January transfer window.

“Remy should be okay in a few days,” said Hiddink. “I don't know about the weekend, but soon after. But if it's a longer period of instability regarding the recovery of strikers, then yes (we need a striker). We have just Diego.”

Midfielder Cecs Fabregas has returned to Chelsea training after a fever kept him out of the Manchester United game, but Gary Cahill is struggling with an ankle injury.

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