Radamel Falcao is hardly making the right kind of headlines for Manchester United, certainly not in the eyes of adoring fans in his homeland of Colombia, who are concerned that he's not featured in the Premier League since the 2-0 victory against Sunderland, at the back end of February.
Imagine their horror then when the news broke that the next outing for Falcao, would be with the Manchester United Under-21 side for the match against Tottenham U-21 on Tuesday night. Indeed, the press in Colombia were absolutely flabbergasted.
As that news filtered through at a gathering to announce friendlies arranged against Bahrain (26th March) and Kuwait (30th March) in the next FIFA international window, Colombian Football Federation chief, Luis Bedoya, was asked for his thoughts by gathered journalists.
He responded: "Look, I've always said that in the case of Falcao is whilst he may be having setbacks, or with all the things that seem to continuously be going on around him, what I do know is with the great mental and physical capability he has, I'm sure he's going to reach the Copa America full of hunger and ambition. I think it will be a great Copa America for him."
Having hinted that they're keeping a keen eye on the situation of Falcao at Manchester United, Bedoya was asked to elaborate and offer thoughts about why the striker isn't getting regular football with the Old Trafford outfit. The Colombian football chief refused to court any controversy and simply replied: "All we're hoping is that Falcao will have a superb Copa America, regardless of the difficult situation he's going through with his club."
Currently third in the FIFA rankings, Colombia are tipped as one of the strong favourites for the Copa America this summer, along with Argentina and Brazil. However, many believe that for Los Cafeteros to lift the trophy, they'll need Falcao to be firing on all cylinders and in top form. Something which clearly isn't the case for him at Manchester United.