Colombia boss gives Falcao injury update - hopeful news for United?

Manchester United striker Radamel Falcao is battling a calf injury.

Colombia boss Jose Pekermen believes that star striker Radamel Falcao could be fit for the Manchester United’s upcoming Premier League clash away at Arsenal.

The Red Devils brought in the Colombian international on a season-long loan deal in the summer, but his appearances in a United shirt have been limited as a result of a number of niggling injuries.

The latest calf injury has caused the former Atletico Madrid star to miss United’s previous three matches and he was also forced to watch his country’s win over the USA yesterday from the side-lines.

Nonetheless, it appears the 28-year-old is recovering well, and Colombia boss Pekermen told reporters that United could have their striker back and raring to go for the trip to Arsenal on 22 November.

"There is no doubt he is in optimal condition. He's recovered very successfully. He done everything perfectly. This is a small muscular injury, it is different to the knee injury before the World Cup,” he is quoted as saying by The Mirror.

“He's in a good condition and could be ready for Arsenal. He hasn't even started yet. He will be one of the best players Manchester United have had and will break a lot of records in England."

Falcao has only made three Premier League starts since moving to Old Trafford, scoring once and providing two assists.

El Tigre – as he is commonly nicknamed throughout Latin America – was instrumental in Atletico Madrid’s initial rise under boss Diego Simeone, scoring a whopping 52 La Liga goals in 68 games.

If he could discover such form at Old Trafford, then the club would undoubtedly exercise the option of a permanent £43.5million purchase once his loan deal finishes at the end of the campaign.

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