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Monaco’s Radamel Falcao facing fitness battle ahead of Manchester City Champions League clash

Radamel Falcao
Radamel Falcao / CREDIT: AFP via The Telegraph

Radamel Falcao faces a battle to be fit for Monaco’s UEFA Champions League clash with Manchester City on Wednesday after sustaining a new injury in Saturday’s 2-1 Ligue 1 victory over Bordeaux.

The Colombian came off the bench for the last 25 minutes for the league leaders and immediately inspired the opening goal for Kylian Mbappe that paved the way for the win.

But coach Leonardo Jardim revealed Falcao suffered a hip injury in the final moments of the match which could rule him out as Monaco seek to reverse a 5-3 first-leg deficit against Pep Guardiola’s men.

Jardim told a press conference:

“He took a major blow on his right side and we will have to see how it evolves. I hope it doesn’t matter and that it is only a small hit, but will wait to see the exams (test results).”

Jardim revealed that Falcao had missed his side’s previous two games against Marseille and Nantes as a precautionary measure.

He added: “Falcao is an important player. He was hampered for 11 or 12 days by a small muscle problem, so we did not take the risk of starting him against Bordeaux.

“He is feeling good and I just hope this injury to his hip is not serious. Because if it is okay, he will start the match against City.”

Falcao has scored 21 goals in all competitions this season and struck twice in the 5-3 first leg defeat at the Etihad.

Originally published at The Telegraph

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