Robin Van Persie Injury: Updates on Man United Star's Knee and Return

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistMarch 19, 2014

ALKMAAR, NETHERLANDS - JUNE 03:  Robin Van Persie of the Netherlands heads the ball as Stefan de Vrij  looks on during the training session held at the AFAS Stadion on June 3, 2014 in Alkmaar, Netherlands.  (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
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Updates from Monday, June 9

Robin van Persie has revealed he hasn't been 100 percent fit for the last six years, following fears over a fresh groin complaint over the weekend.

The Dutch forward, who has also been nursing a knee problem, was quoted saying by Reuters via Eurosport:

I can't remember a game over the last five, six years where I haven't felt some pain somewhere. 

The groin complaint I had you can't even call an injury.


I'm absolutely no longer bothered by my groin. I'm completely ready for Spain.

Watch the full video of Van Persie's comments here:

Updates from Wednesday, June 4

Louis van Gaal insists Robin van Persie is not fully fit ahead of the Netherlands' World Cup opener against Spain, despite claims to the contrary from the player.

Van Gaal, speaking ahead of Wednesday's friendly against Wales, was quoted saying by ESPN:

He is not 100 percent, but we have two weeks to go. I think he will be 100%. He is coming out of injury but we built him already up in our federation, our medical department.

It was under the permission of David Moyes, so we could control him, he has worked very hard. Then he played two matches of 20 or 30 minutes and the last match 70 minutes. We did not expect that as the injury was bad.

Updates from Saturday, May 17

Robin van Persie has declared himself "100 percent fit" ahead of the World Cup finals with the Netherlands, reports Jamie Jackson of The Guardian.

The Manchester United striker is quoted as saying:

I'm feeling good.

Mentally I'm fresh. If you play a full season you can be a little bit tired at the end of the season. But I'm fresh, the knee is fine as well so I'm looking forward to it."

I'm 100%. It's just that I need a full game now. We have three friendlies to play [and] my last game against Southampton (for United) was 67 minutes so hopefully I can play a bit more.

Updates from Friday, May 2

Robin van Persie is close to making his Manchester United return, Ryan Giggs confirmed on Friday.

The Dutch striker will have one last test before a final call is made on whether he faces Sunderland, per United's official Twitter:

Updates from Tuesday, April 29

Robin van Persie may return to the Manchester United squad for the weekend visit of Sunderland.

David McDonnell of the Daily Mirror reports:

Temporary United boss Ryan Giggs has suggested van Persie, 30, is close to a comeback and could figure on Saturday at Old Trafford against Sunderland. 
Asked about a return to action for van Persie, Giggs said: "Yeah we'll just have to wait and see how he goes this week. 

"He came back last Friday and he trained well. He just needs to work on his fitness now, so yeah he looked great."


Updates from Friday, April 25

Robin van Persie remains an injury absentee for Manchester United, confirmed by interim boss Ryan Giggs.

The club's official Twitter noted ahead of Saturday's visit of Norwich:'s Paul Clennam has an update on Van Persie's status: 

Manchester United striker Robin van Persie has returned to training and took part in Ryan Giggs's first session as caretaker boss.

The Netherlands international picked up a knee injury in United's 1-1 draw with Bayern Munich at Old Trafford in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final clash.

The injury had been expected to sideline the former Arsenal man until the end of the season, putting his participation at the World Cup in doubt.

Updates from Friday, April 18

Robin van Persie is continuing to receive treatment on his troublesome knee, David Moyes revealed on Friday.

Manchester United's official Twitter noted:

Updates from Monday, April 14

Robin van Persie posted a video himself training on Facebook:

Updates from Friday, March 21

Robin van Persie will play no part in Manchester United's league trip to West Ham, although David Moyes made no mention of the following game against Manchester City.

United's official Twitter reported:

 United later reported that the striker had a sprained knee:

Jamie Jackson of The Guardian has more on the striker:

Updates from Thursday, March 20

Manchester United expect Robin van Persie to be fit in time for the Manchester derby, according to the Daily Mail's Paul Collins.

Collins writes:

Robin van Persie will be fit to face Manchester City in next week's derby despite being taken off on a stretcher during Manchester United's win over Olympiacos on Wednesday night. 


Manager David Moyes said after the match that the injury wasn't as bad as first feared. And while he remains a doubt for United's Premier League clash against West Ham, Sportsmail understands the striker will be ready for the visit of Manchester City on Tuesday.

Van Persie will have further checks on his back injury later on Thursday but the early signs that he will be fit to line up against City are very encouraging.

Original Text

A fantastic performance by Robin van Persie ended on a sour note as the Manchester United star was taken off the pitch in the club's match against Olympiakos on Wednesday.   

The forward scored three goals in the Champions League match, giving his side a 3-2 advantage in aggregate score. Unfortunately, he was forced off due to a leg injury in the closing minutes of the contest.

Phil McNulty of BBC Sport provided details of the injury:

Sam Wallace of The Independent provides David Moyes' thoughts on the injury:

Fox Soccer Trax indicated this was a serious issue:

When healthy, van Persie has proven to be one of the top scorers in the world. He led the English Premier League with 26 goals last season as he helped Manchester United win a league title.

Unfortunately, he has struggled this season with only 11 league goals in 18 matches. His club has had poor results as well as it sits in seventh place in the league table.

The performance against Olympiakos certainly was enough to give everyone hope of a strong finish to the year, but the latest injury might only set him back if it turns out to be serious. If he is out for any duration, Rooney and Danny Welbeck will once again be forced to pick up the slack when it comes to scoring. 

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