After suffering yet another setback, Chelsea striker Radamel Falcao has insisted it isn’t as bad as reports would suggest.
It had been claimed that the Colombian would be ruled out of action for the rest of the season at least, but he has moved to dismiss the speculation and provide an update of his own.
The 29-year-old has made just 11 appearances for the club in all competitions since arriving on loan from Monaco in the summer, but hasn’t featured since picking up a muscular injury in November.
While Guus Hiddink has recently suggested that his setback was worst than first feared, Falcao was keen to stress that it had nothing to do with the serious knee injury that he suffered while playing in France in 2013.
“There is no relationship with my knee — this is something purely muscular,” he told Colombian magazine Semana.
“I was coming back from a muscular injury, but what has happened now is that during a training session I slipped and had a small recurrence. It could happen to anybody.
“My knee has recovered. The problem is since then I have not had the chance to play a whole season to get back my confidence and become competitive again.
“I’m focused on getting healthy and try not to destabilise myself. People talk a lot, but they also say some positive things and I try to welcome those messages because they encourage me and give me what I am looking for.”
The former Atletico Madrid star went on to insist that he would be back within two months, and that he continues to work hard to make a full recovery and return as soon as possible.
However, the frustration will undoubtedly be growing for both the player and club, as he has gone from one of the most feared strikers in world football to being unable to consistently play as injuries continue to threaten to derail his career prematurely.