Radamel Falcao wears head bandage in hospital bed after emergency surgery on horror facial injury suffered in training

RADAMEL FALCAO managed to smile for the camera after undergoing surgery on a horror facial injury suffered in training.

The Colombian accidentally clashed with team-mate Kerem Akturkoglu yesterday, and came out the worse for wear.

Falcao, 35, fractured a bone in his face during the incident and was immediately taken to hospital to be checked over before undergoing his procedure.

Set to be without their star man for a period of time, his club Galatasaray released the following statement: "After the head collision in today's training, a fracture was detected in the facial bones of one of our players, Radamel Falcao, whose examinations were performed at our sponsor hospital Ulus Liv Hospital.

"The treatment of our player has been planned for this evening with a closed reduction intervention under anaesthesia."

Following successful treatment, Falcao took to Instagram to update fans: "With my battle partner @loreleitaronwe carry on my love.

"Thank God everything went well. Thank you very much for the messages and prayers.

"Thanks to Liv hospital, to the doctor @yenerinceand, to Dr. Zeynep Sevim for her services. The masked man is coming ??‍♂️."

Akturkoglu, 22, was also checked over, but appears to be OK, with the club having added: "Kerem Akturkoglu, who did not encounter any problems during the examinations, will be kept under surveillance for precautionary purposes."

A number of stars from across sport offered Falcao their best wishes.

Fellow former Manchester United No9 and ex-Monaco team-mate Dimitar Berbatov commented: "Good to see u smiling, my friend .. Hope ur ok ??."

While Kevin-Prince Boateng added: "Cheer up tiger ❤️."

West Brom forward Mbaye Diagne wrote: "Get well big man ?."

Nice star Rony Lopes said: "Come on brother ????."

While Monaco defender Guillermo Maripan added: "Courage crack, have a good recovery ❤️??".

And Keita Balde said: "Strength brother with God always ????❤️."

Compatriot and former ATP doubles world No1 Robert Farah simply commented: "Tiger Force!"

Galatasaray have already had rotten luck with their centre forward, after Falcao missed a number of matches earlier this season with a ruptured thigh muscle.

in the 15 games he has managed to take to the pitch, the veteran has scored eight goals.

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