Radamel Falcao injury: Striker out for another two weeks, says Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal

Colombian has suffered a 'new injury', according to Dutchman

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Radamel Falcao is facing more injury misery after Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal confirmed the striker would be out for another two weeks.

The 28-year-old has played just five matches for United since joining on loan from Monaco, scoring once, and is yet to complete 90 minutes for the club.

Speaking at a press conference, Van Gaal said that the Colombian would not be available for the trip to Arsenal.

"No, he's not available," said the Dutch coach, who is in the midst of an injury crisis. "He has an injury and that takes time.

"Now it's four weeks already and next week he shall train with our selection and then he needs two weeks. It's always like that.

"It's a pity, but players in football are injured."

The striker is looking for a permanent move to Old Trafford but should he continue to stay off the field then Van Gaal is unlikely to take up his option, with concerns about his fitness.

However, speaking on Thursday night an angry Falcao dismissed speculation about his long-term injury record. Falcao badly injured his knee in January, causing him to miss the World Cup. This injury is believed to be on his calf.

"There are a lot of stories circulating that are pure speculation," he said.

"It detracts from the credibility of the media that there is so much speculation and so many falsehoods."

Falcao has not played since 20 October in the 2-2 draw with West Brom.

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