Tired Fal­cao to miss Lyon trip

The Citizen (KZN) - - INTERNATIONAL - Paris

– French cham­pi­ons Monaco will make the tricky trip to Lyon tonight with­out red-hot striker Radamel Fal­cao, as they look to keep up the pres­sure on Ligue 1 lead­ers Paris Saint-Ger­main.

Leonardo Jardim’s side dropped two points with a 1-1 home draw against Mont­pel­lier be­fore the in­ter­na­tional break to slip three points adrift of PSG.

Colom­bian Fal­cao has been in stun­ning form so far this sea­son, scor­ing 12 goals in just eight league out­ings, but his mid­week ef­forts in help­ing his coun­try qual­ify for next year’s World Cup have ruled him out of the game.

“He played last night, then there are the dif­fer­ent trips (to get back to Monaco),” Jardim (above) said this week.

“To try to play against Lyon could kill him. He will not play. In fact, his phys­i­cal con­di­tion doesn’t al­low him to play two matches in 48 hours.”

De­spite Fal­cao’s early goal, Monaco were far from their best in their last league match against Mont­pel­lier and will have to bounce back with Ar­gen­tinian Guido Car­rillo likely to start up front. – AFP

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