Monaco have ruled out the possibility of injury plagued Radamel Falcao making a swift return to the principality in the current transfer window.
The Chelsea striker who is on loan from the French Ligue 1 club now looks set to remain at Stamford Bridge for the rest of the season.
The Colombian whose contract expires in 2018 after Monaco signed the striker from Atletico in 2013 for £52m has struggled to make a significant impact since Jose Mourinho brought him to Chelsea following a poor spell at Manchester United.
Monaco believe the 29-year-old faces an extended spell on the sidelines, meaning recalling him to the Stade Louis II Stadium is not in their plans and the club’s vice-president Vadim Vasilyev in an interview on the club’s DailyMotion page said:
“Falcao is currently injured. He has six to eight weeks to go like that.
“We have decided not to take him back to Monaco for the moment.”
Vice-president Vasilyev stated.
Falcao has not featured at all since the end of October due to a thigh injury and was back at Monaco’s training ground earlier in the week to undergo checks on the problem.
Halfway through a season-long loan with Chelsea, the former Atletico Madrid striker has scored just one goal and also struggled for form during a similar spell at Manchester United last season.