Manchester United loan star Radamel Falcao has rubbished recent media reports that he is struggling to regain full fitness due to on-going knee issues.
Signed at the transfer deadline from Monaco on a season-long loan deal for a reported £6 million, the Colombia international is still to complete 90 minutes for Louis van Gaal's side and has scored just once in five appearances.
Having missed the second-half of last season and the summer’s World Cup after suffering anterior cruciate ligament damage, reports in the media last week claimed that United’s medical staff have been treating the same knee on a constant basis.
After also being sidelined for the past three games with a nagging calf issue, the striker’s latest fitness struggles have led to serious concerns over his health, with Van Gaal now revealing ahead of the weekend's match against Arsenal that he will miss a further two weeks.
Falcao has moved to quash the "falsehoods" written about him, however, telling United's official website that he is close to returning to first-team action.
“I am getting better, I feel well and I hope to come back to the pitch soon,” he explained. “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.
“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.
"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.”
Said to be on a £190,000-a-week contract at Old Trafford, United have the option to make Falcao’s move permanent next summer, but if his fitness issues continue then it's hard to see the club keeping him around.