Robin van Persie’s injury problems of last season have been well documented. The 30-year-old had to fly back to his native Netherlands towards the end of the 2013-14 campaign to recover and was not in England when David Moyes was sacked as the Manchester United manager.
The Red Devils striker suffered a groin problem during the Netherlands’ final World Cup warm-up match against Wales and was doubtful to play against Spain in their opening game of the 2014 tournament in Brazil.
Van Persie eventually regained his fitness and then claimed that for the last five or six years, he has always had one niggling injury or the other.
‘I can’t remember a game over the last five or six years where I haven’t felt some pain somewhere’, Sky Sports quotes the former Arsenal captain as saying. ‘The groin complaint I had you can’t even call an injury. I’ve had so many of those complaints’.
‘I’m no longer bothered by my groin and I have been able to give my all in the training sessions’, he added. ‘I’m completely ready for the game against Spain. Spain are a good side, but so are we’.
There were no signs of any injuries to Van Persie last week when he scored two goals – one of them one of the best headers of all time – against Spain as the Oranje annihilated the reigning European and world champions 5-1 in Group B.
And now Cristiano Ronaldo has made similar remarks about playing with injuries throughout his career. Could Germany be in for a hammering as well?
The Real Madrid forward struggled with fitness issues towards the end of the 2013-14 season and was seen pulling out of a Portugal training session with an ice pack on his left knee recently.
However, ahead of Monday’s clash against Germany, the 29-year-old has dismissed suggestions that he is not fully fit.
‘The [fitness] problems are all in the past’, Goal.com quotes him as saying. ‘Since the start of my career, there's not been one single day in which I've played without pain. It's just the burden of my work’.
Germany beware: Ronaldo could do a Van Persie today.