Robin van Persie Injury: Fenerbahce Forward Injures Eye vs. Akhisar

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistNovember 7, 2016

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 20:  Robin van Persie of Fenerbahce reacts during the UEFA Europa League match between Manchester United FC and Fenerbahce SK at Old Trafford on October 20, 2016 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by James Baylis - AMA/Getty Images)
James Baylis - AMA/Getty Images

Fenerbahce confirmed Sunday that striker Robin van Persie suffered an eye injury in the club's 3-1 win against Akhisar Belediyespor, according to BBC Sport.

The initial fear was that the Dutch star sustained major damage to his left eye, with his vision possibly impacted. Fenerbahce team doctor Burak Kunduraciogl allayed those fears.

"He received a blow to the eye and suffered a torn eyelid and bleeding," Kunduraciogl said. "After the investigations, we learned that nothing important happened. His condition is good."

The man himself posted the following update on his Twitter feed:

Robin van Persie @Persie_Official


Van Persie enjoyed a strong debut season in Istanbul after moving from Manchester United. He scored 16 goals in 31 league appearances as Fenerbahce finished runners-up for the second year in a row.

The Turkish giants have struggled, however, in 2016-17. They're fifth in the Super Lig table through 10 matches, six points behind second-place Besiktas and eight points off leaders Istanbul Basaksehir.

Van Persie is tied with Emmanuel Emenike for the club lead in goals with three. Taking the 33-year-old out of the lineup would be a big blow for Fenerbahce, especially with the final two Europa League group-stage matches ahead over the next month.

Fenerbahce also face off with Galatasaray on Nov. 20, so the club will need Van Persie to make a speedy recovery if he's going to be fit for the Istanbul derby.


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