Van Persie and Janmaat injured on Brazilian beach

The Dutch internationals came away relatively unscathed after suffering a bizarre collision with an enthusiast of the extreme sport in Rio De Janiero.

With the Netherlands starting their World Cup campaign against Spain in just three days time, alarm bells will have rung especially at an incident involved the injury prone Manchester United striker. 

The forward and his international team-mate Daryl Janmaat were left with only 'light scratches and headaches' after colliding with the kitesurfer,' according to the Dutch Football Association, who added 'but beyond that, there is nothing to worry about.'

Feyenoord defender Janmaat spoke to Dutch news service NIS, saying: "I almost got a kite on my head. There was a man kitesurfing and he fell on the very spot where I was. But there is nothing to worry about."

Having heard neither were seriously injured, Dutch fans and national team coach Louis Van Gaal will have breathed a huge sigh of relief. If Van Persie had picked up a significant injury they would not only have lost their captain but also their talisman.

Holland's record goalscorer only recently admitted he has been playing with pain for six years and would have been a huge loss to Van Gaal's side. He topped the European qualifying scoring charts with 11 goals but has a poor record World Cup finals with just two goals to date. 

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