Galatasaray vs Real Madrid: Falcao wrapped up in cotton wool
Galatasaray vs Real Madrid Colombian is a doubt to face Los Blancos
Injuries have followed Radamel Falcao throughout his career, yet the Colombian has always been considered to be one of the best No.9s in the world.
Two weeks ago the 33-year-old suffered an Achilles heel injury, so since then he has not trained with Fatih Terim‘s side.
With the highly anticipated visit of Real Madrid to come on Tuesday, Falcao wants to play but he is aware that if he does, he will not even be at 50 percent physically.
In fact, Los Blancos have looked to sign Falcao twice in the past; first before Monaco‘s financial might secured his services, and then later when injuries and doubts led to Real Madrid not pursuing his signature. The striker’s latest issue is with his Achilles heel, but he has had issues with the cruciate ligaments in both knees, too.
Falcao‘s first serious injury came in 2003, shortly before the Under-17 World Cup in Finland as he suffered a ligament injury in his right ankle.
Then, in January 2006, when he was playing for River Plate‘s first team, he broke the cruciate ligament in his right knee.
The other knee was injured in 2014, six months before the World Cup in Brazil, and he has failed to replicate the form he displayed beforehand ever since.
A couple of unsuccessful loan spells at Manchester United and Chelsea followed, with Falcao returning to Monaco and finding some form, though he is far from the striker that was arguably the best No.9 in the world.
Nowadays it is rare to see the Colombian train regularly, and everything indicates that this Achilles heel will keep him out of the Real Madrid clash, but nevertheless Galatasaray will wrap Falcao up in cotton wool in the hope that he can make an impact, even if it’s just from the bench.