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The striker will make his long-awaited return to action in the preseason tournament in which the Ligue 1 runner up will compete with Arsenal, Valencia and Benfica.

Radamel Falcao is expected to make his eagerly awaited comeback when Monaco takes part in the Emirates Cup next week.

The Colombia international has been absent since damaging his cruciate knee ligament in a Coupe de France tie against Monts d'Or Azergues in January.

Falcao missed the World Cup as a result of the injury, despite a desperate late bid to be fit for the tournament in Brazil.

However, the 28-year-old is poised for a return to action when the preseason tournament takes place at the home of Arsenal.

"I think he will be able to start playing again at the Emirates Cup," Monaco head coach Leonardo Jardim told L'Equipe. "He is now in the final phase of his recuperation."

Falcao's future at the Stade Louis II has been called into question amid rumors of a return to La Liga with Real Madrid. The striker previously represented rival Atletico.

Goal International reports Madrid is willing to part with Angel Di Maria for 60 million euro in order to fund a possible move for the Colombia star.

But Jardim is hopeful Falcao will lead the line for Monaco in Ligue 1 this season, adding: "For now, he is a Monaco player and I am counting on him."

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