Manchester United manager David Moyes has rubbished reports claiming Robin van Persie could be out for six months.
Before Manchester United’s match against Swansea City, which they eventually won 2-0 as Danny Welbeck and Antonio Valencia got on the score-sheet, reports suggested that the Red Devils have injury concerns for both Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie. Rooney is currently struggling with his groin and has been sent on a “Hot-weather break” to recover from this injury and Moyes is hopeful of the England international featuring in their all-important clash against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. But perhaps the gloomier news was that of Robin van Persie.
The Dutch international has only started in 10 of United’s 21 Premier League fixtures so far as he has faced a lot of fitness concerns. His absence has been one of the prime reasons why the reigning Premier League Champions have struggled in the league and despite making only 10 starts the 30-year-old has scored seven goals in already. Reports suggested that Robin van Persie is being troubled by a recurring thigh injury, something which affected him badly during his Arsenal days as well and that the Dutchman could be side-lined for a period of six months, essentially ending this season for him. But David Moyes has refuted these claims. The former Everton manager has accepted that van Persie’s injury is similar to the one he faced at Arsenal, although he believes that the striker will be back soon.
“I don’t know where that has come from. That would be wrong information as far as I am concerned.”
“We’re trying to get Robin back. He’s got a thigh strain similar to the one he had at Arsenal [in the second half of the 2007/2008 season].
“He never had an injury all last season. He took a corner against Shakhtar and felt his thigh so it was a freak thing really and not [aggravating] an injury he’d had before.
“It’s a different injury. We have to manage it correctly and he’s been to Holland to see a guy he works with there. So we’re doing everything we can to give him the right treatment and get him back as soon as we possibly can. But I don’t want to put a date on his return.” – The Manchester United manager said.