Radamel Falcao missed Manchester United’s 1-1 draw with Chelsea through injury after receiving a kick in training on Friday but Louis van Gaal doesn’t believe it is a serious injury.
Falcao’s absence left Van Gaal with only one senior option up front against Chelsea in Robin van Persie and also had 18-year old James Wilson.
With the Manchester derby on the horizon, Van Gaal will hope to have all his strikers available and doesn’t think Falcao’s injury is a bad one.
“He took a kick in training and couldn’t play, but I don’t think it’s too bad,” the boss said to Sky Sports after the match.
The Colombian missed the second half of last season and the World Cup due to a serious knee injury and it will be a relief to Manchester United fans that the striker’s latest setback is set to be a small one.
The manager should have all his attacking options available to him against Manchester City next Sunday given Wayne Rooney is now available after seeing out his three-match suspension for his red card against West Ham last month.
Falcao was left on the bench on Monday night against West Bromwich Albion but bagged his first goal for the club at Old Trafford against Everton before the international break. With the team’s defensive issues appearing to settle down slightly, attention will turn to the strikers in weeks to come.