Falcao to return to Monaco squad, says Ranieri

AFP| Last Updated: Dec 18, 2013, 20:52 PM IST

Monaco: Monaco coach Claudio Ranieri announced on Wednesday that Colombian striker Radamel Falcao, the club`s record signing, will return to the squad for Friday`s Ligue 1 game against Valenciennes.

Falcao has missed his team`s last four matches -- all of which Monaco have won -- due to a minor thigh injury, but is fit to feature at the Stade Louis II, where the principality side know a win will take them provisionally to the top of the table before current leaders Paris Saint-Germain face Lille on Sunday.

"Falcao will be in the squad. After that, I will decide," said Ranieri. "I will see whether he starts or is on the bench next to me. I have two days to think about it, but he can play."

Falcao`s absence has led to speculation in some media that the striker, recruited for 60 million euros (£50.4m, $82.5m) in the summer from Atletico Madrid, could seek a move away from the club in January.

He has scored nine goals in 14 Ligue 1 appearances in the current campaign.