Chelsea interim boss Guus Hiddink has confirmed that Radamel Falcao’s recent injury is very serious, amid fears that there is no time-frame on the Chelsea forward return.
The Colombian, who is on a loan deal at the Stamford Bridger from Monaco until the end of the season, has not featured since the 3-1 defeat to Liverpool on October 31 after picking up a thigh injury.
Falcao has only managed just a few appearance since swapping a loan spell at Old Trafford for Stamford Bridge. His parent club – Monaco – have ruled out bringing him back to the Stade Louis II because of his fitness issues.
The Colombian has managed to make to score one goal for Chelsea after making just 11 appearances in all competitions.
When asked about Falcao’s injury and season, Hiddink told reporters that he will not rust the Colombian back to action, despite the dearth of striking option for the Blues.
“The medical staff and physical staff will bring him to me when he is recovered, and we haven’t set a time on that,” Hiddink said.
“We’ll give him time to recover because he’s always dropping back into physical problems. Normally I like to put a little pressure on [the medical staff] to have the player available, but in this case I’ll step back and let them deliver a fit player to me.”
The Dutchman refused to speculate whether the forward will be fit enough to play again before the end of the season.
“There are still many months to go, so that’s too far,” he said. “We’re almost at the end of January, then February, normally six, seven, eight weeks with serious damage. It’s very serious.
“It’s a pity for him because he’s very eager to come back. That’s a bit of the problem — he was so eager the previous time and wanted to prove himself maybe a little bit too much to me, and then he fell into this injury again.
“He came to us, he was assessed by our doctors. Unfortunately, he was injured. We took the decision, it is better that he remains at Chelsea.”