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.”