When Manchester United snapped up Robin Van Persie, there was one area in which many people questioned their judgement … will he stay fit?
Well for the most part he has, but it was a perfectly normal question considering his track record. Much of his time in North London saw the Dutchman on the treatment table for a variety of injury problems, and there would have been a few Arsenal fans wishing him a similar misfortune after he moved to Old Trafford - probably even more after Sunday evening.
This season however he has been struggling with some niggling problems, with David Moyes recently admitting he was playing through the pain on occasions.
In particular was the problem with his toes, something addressed by Moyes in October:
‘’He had a couple of sore toes and I told him before the Southampton game last Saturday that, if I played him in that, he would miss the Sociedad game to try to give his toes and groin a rest.’’
Indeed the groin also gets a mention - so the news breaking this afternoon will come as no surprise.
Van Persie has pulled out of the Dutch squad for the upcoming friendlies against Japan and Colombia because of toe and groin injuries.
That is the world out of Holland today, as the man who recently became the record goalscorer for his nation has been sent home as his troubles continue.
With Holland qualified for the World Cup, and these just friendlies this is likely to be good news for United fans and Moyes.
It means he will not be aggravating the injury problems any more than he has to, and can sit with his feet up and rest for a fortnight - before hopefully taking to the field on Sunday the 24th in a Premier League clash against Cardiff City.
For once, Van Persie injury news that actually looks like being beneficial for his club side.
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