David Moyes has alluded fears that Robin van Persie’s injury is long term and would keep him out of action for a substantial period of time.
The 30-year-old didn’t train this morning nor fly with the squad to Germany in order to help his recovery from toe and groin injuries that have stopped him from hitting his best form this season.
By the time United travel to White Hart Lane on Sunday, Van Persie will have had three weeks of rest but Moyes said that the Dutchman isn’t ready for action yet.
“We don’t think van Persie is quite ready yet but we’re going to keep monitoring him,” he said in Germany at the press conference ahead of tomorrow’s game against Bayer Leverkusen.
“He had a bit of a problem with his groin. Neither are long term – with the concussion [Vidic], we just want to give it a bit longer.”
Moyes is doing the right thing by giving Van Persie as long as possible to recover from his niggling injuries. He played through the pain barrier against two weeks ago but there would have been a risk of serious injury had he not been given the time to get back to full fitness.
Vidic did train with the team this morning but didn’t travel to Germany and it is likely that he is closer to a return than Van Persie is.