Manchester United striker Robin van Persie once again found himself among the club's injury concerns after suffering an ankle injury during Manchester United's loss against Swansea City on Feb. 21. He returned to action with a substitute appearance against Everton on Sunday, but is still working toward full fitness.
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RvP Scores Twice for United Under 21s
Tuesday, April 28
Van Persie continued his progress with a two-goal appearance against Fulham under 21s on Tuesday night. He was substituted with 10 minutes remaining, but provided Warren Joyce's team with a valuable contribution.
"The primary aim of this appearance was to get much-needed minutes under his belt but his two goals had the added effect of sending United four points clear at the top of the Under-21 Premier League table," reported Adam Shergold of the MailOnline.
Van Persie Makes Cameo Appearance Against Everton
Sunday, April 26
On April 20, Van Persie got some much-needed game time under his belt in an under 21 match against Leicester. He appears almost ready for first-team football after battling back from the foot injury picked up against Swansea, as noted by ESPN FC:
The Dutchman went down in the closing stages of the 2-1 defeat to Swansea, but it was not immediately clear what the issue was. The striker had only just returned from injury to be named in the starting XI.
Van Persie has suffered a disappointing run of form this season, with Van Gaal struggling to balance the presence of his countryman along with Rooney and Radamel Falcao.
The 31-year-old superstar has garnered the injury-prone label throughout his career, both during his time at Arsenal and since he moved to the Red Devils. There have rarely been major issues but instead numerous, minor ailments.
That trend has continued this term. He hasn't suffered anything serious, but he dealt with a hamstring issue in November and an ankle problem in January. He then missed one of the club's FA Cup fixtures due to a minor knock in February.
United have barely missed him, with Rooney finding his goalscoring touch in his colleague's absence. However, with Rooney's fitness yet to be confirmed ahead of Saturday's match against West Brom, per Mark Ogden of The Telegraph, RvP's importance will increase once more.