Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has revealed that striker Radamel Falcao is set to miss another two weeks of action as he continues to recover from a thigh injury.
The Colombian striker, picked up the injury during a training session prior to a match against Chelsea, and was said to be on the road to recovery and the manager had earlier hinted that he could return for the clash against Arsenal.
However, the Dutchman has confirmed that the former Atletico Madrid forward is set to miss a further two weeks, despite his national team manager Jose Pekerman revealing that he has fully recovered from his latest injury setback.
"No, he's not available. He has an injury and that takes time," Van Gaal said, as quoted by the Daily Mail.
"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."
Recent reports have suggested that the United manager is worried about the striker's long-term fitness and his ability to consistently feature for the Red Devils in the Premier League. But the striker has dismissed such speculation as rubbish and believes that he will be back on the pitch sooner rather than later.
The Old Trafford club have been struggling with injuries to key players throughout the season, and they go into the game against Arsenal on Saturday with a host of their first-team players on the treatment table.
The former Bayern Munich manager has revealed that, the likes of Phil Jones, Rafael and Blind are surely out, but he is hoping that midfielder Michael Carrick, who only recently returned from injury and Luke Shaw, who has a hamstring issue will come through late fitness tests and be ready for the clash at the Emirates Stadium.