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Van Persie out for 6 weeks?

In David Moyes’ press conference yesterday he confirmed that Robin van Persie had returned to Holland to work on his thigh injury.

Last night on Twitter, someone edited a journalists tweet to say that Van Persie could be out until March, and this rumour quickly spread. Some of the papers this morning are now suggesting, similarly, that he could be out for six weeks.

Moyes is apparently fairly self conscious about Van Persie’s injury, given that he has been repeatedly blamed for supposedly mismanaging the Dutchman’s fitness, and was fairly defensive of the situation.

“We’re trying to get Robin back,” stated Moyes. “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.”

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  1. Mark Reid says:

    So Rooney is in the USA recovering and Van Persie is in Holland that’s odd.

  2. losomanutd says:

    Rooney in egypt rvp in holland,well onto other stuff,matchday squad-ddg rafael vida smalling evra valencia/zaha fletcher carrick,kagawa januzaj welbeck formation 4213 with kagawa n januzaj interchanging in the hole.

  3. Niels M says:

    Not good news at all. We desperately need RvP to try and salvage 4th spot. With every injury you have to add further match days to the player getting in to actual match form. So six weeks + a couple more weeks until we see him back fully fit.

    Not good at all. But it’s Welbz big chance to shine. And his chances to prove something will certainly improve once Rooney returns right behind him.

  4. rijahs says:

    Moyes is going to play the same team that we lost against Swansea today. So, we can guess what will be the result today. I am standing firmly behind Moyes, no doubt. But, if he wants to prove something and get Manchester united into the top 4 this year, he needs to act fast and good. Otherwise, he can only dream about attracting world class players to Manchester United for next year.

    Also, where is his commitment to youngsters? Why is he not playing zaha in the cup/league games? when is he going to play him now? What about the chance to new kids? if he do not do that, the seniors will take it for granted that they are untouchables in the club, which can bring more downfall to united..!!

    Anyhow, no hopes to today’s match with Rooney and VanPersie out..!!

  5. TopRed123 says:

    We just have to hope for an upset today.

  6. Gazzer says:

    Wellbeck has been stepping up this season for sure.

    No Rooney or RVP – this is chicharito’s golden opportuinity to step up too. Let’s hope he can stop being offside 75% of the time and start participating a little more in the play. Otherwise, we really need to sell him and get a proper top goalscorer.

    Some of the other players really need to step up now. If we continue to do poorly, we are going to have to offload a number of them. It’s not like we are liverpool with a strong set of starters and then a drop off in quality. On the contrary, we have a boatload of players like chicharito, smalling, cleverly, anderson, young, buttner, fabio, kagawa (and now sadly rio,giggs, evra) who are good enough to come on as subs when needed, but not strong enough to be considered automatic starters – certainly not on any of the other top teams.

    If we don’t fix this quickly, the club will have nobody to blame but themselves if rooney leaves. And we all know how toothless we look without rooney.

  7. Only 1 Utd says:

    Fabio off on loan to Cardiff. Hopefully Cleverley,Ando,Young,Valencia,Ferdinand,Giggs,Evans and Evra can leave too over the next 2 transfer windows.

  8. Rukky E. Atebefia says:

    Some are still obsessed with Valencia’s ‘work rate’… Never man united standard for me

  9. Only 1 Utd says:

    De Gea
    Rafael Vidic Evans Evra

    Probably best side for today

  10. Fletch™ says:

    Man United Starting XI: DeGea; Rafael Smalling Vidic Evra; Valencia Carrick Fletcher Januzaj; Kagawa Welbeck.

  11. Fletch™ says:

    Man United Bench: Lindegaard, Cleverley, Giggs, Büttner, Lingard, Zaha, Hernandez

    Nice to see Lingard and Zaha! Youth is the future!

  12. Only 1 Utd says:

    Haa moyes agrees with me

  13. Tommy says:

    The only paper to report this injury is the mirror so I will believe it when I hear it from Moysies mouth. That being said if he is out for 6 weeks then thats obviously going to be a blow and if Rooney does not make it for Chelsea we will be up against it next week, thats for sure!

  14. Tommy says:

    The only paper to report this injury is the mirror so I will believe it when I hear it from Moysies mouth. That being said if he is out for 6 weeks then thats obviously going to be a blow and if Rooney does not make it for Chelsea we will be up against it next week, thats for sure! Oh i just heard Moyes has said its rubbish so their you go!


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