Conflicting reports regarding the severity of a knee injury to Radamel Falcao could have repercussions over in the Premier League.
The prolific striker was stretchered off during AS Monaco's win in the Coupe de France this afternoon away at Monts Or Azergues.
The extent of the knee injury is as yet unknown, with Monaco stating the Colombian will undergo tests over the next few days.
The Metro report worryingly that the striker's season could be in jeopardy, and his participation at the World Cup as well.
Teammate Jeremy Toulalan sounded pessimistic, telling French television: "We're losing Radamel. This is a big blow for the future. I think it is serious. Information is not reassuring."
This clearly rules out any long-shot plans Chelsea had to land the striker before the transfer deadline, but more pressingly it poses questions for Champions League place chasers Everton.
The Toffees are in advanced negotiations to bring in striker Lacina Traore on loan, with ITV reporting this morning the the club were 'closing in' on the deal. Traore has passed a medical and is hoping to have a work permit approved within the coming days.
Traore was signed by AS Monaco this month from Anzhi Machachkala, with the Ligue 1 club seeking to loan him out.
Yet this fresh injury to Falcao poses questions over the deal.
Should the Colombian be ruled out until the end of the season, Monaco are less likely to be so generous, and could renege on the proposed, and as yet unconfirmed, deal to send Ivorian striker Traore to Goodison Park.
The wait for good news regarding Falcao may be almost as closely anticipated on Merseyside as it will be in Colombia.
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