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 By Mark Rodden

Monaco planned Radamel Falcao recall from Chelsea loan before latest injury

Radamel Falcao has started just one Premier League game for Chelsea this season.

Monaco had been planning to recall Radamel Falcao from his loan spell at Chelsea before the Colombia striker suffered his latest injury setback, according to the club's vice-president Vadim Vasilyev.

Falcao, 29, has started just one Premier League game since joining the defending champions on a season-long loan deal in July.

The former Porto and Atletico Madrid front man suffered a thigh injury in October and had another issue on his return to training last month, with Guus Hiddink admitting the forward could leave.

There had been rumours Monaco wanted to bring the player back in order to sell him off at the end of the season amid reported interest from Columbus Crew in the United States and Club America in Mexico.

Falcao has since said he wants to fight for his place in the Chelsea team, but Vasilyev has now confirmed that the original plan was that he would return to the club he signed a five-year deal with in July 2013.

That initiative ended when Falcao's latest injury was assessed, and the Ligue 1 side have since signed ex-CSKA Moscow striker Vagner Love in a bid to solve their goalscoring problems.

"It's true that we had a lot of exchanges, several times, with Falcao," Vasilyev told RMC. "The first idea was that he might return to Monaco to play the second half of the season.

"He came here, he was assessed by the doctors. Unfortunately, yes, he's injured.

"I don't want to get into the medical situation but in the end we took the decision that it's better, for the moment, that he stays with Chelsea."

Falcao, who spent last season on loan at Manchester United, has struggled to recapture the form which saw Monaco sign him for a reported fee of €60 million in 2013.

He picked up a cruciate ligament injury two years ago this month and Monaco have reined in their spending significantly since then.

But Vasilyev says the ex-River Plate forward could still line out for the principality club in the future, adding: "I'm not closing the door. The door is open."

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