Robin van Persie returned from his rehabilitation camp back in Holland this week and it was a welcome boost for Manchester United after so many injury troubles.
According to reports, he made a return to full training and was likely to be back in contention for United’s game against Chelsea next weekend. However, there are now rumours going around that Van Persie will in fact be out for another six weeks. For what it is worth, both reports came from The Mirror.
David Moyes didn’t give the slightest indication that Van Persie would be out for such an extended period of time when he talked about his injury at yesteday’s pre-match press conference.
“We’re trying to get Robin back,” he said.
“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.”
He looked happy enough being back at Carrington this week but isn’t available for selection for our game against Swansea today and he has already been out for a month.
If he is out for another six weeks, it would be a terrible blow for United but how can a player go from being fit enough to return to full training to then being six weeks away from match fitness? Something isn’t right.
I’m still remaining hopeful that Moyes is playing his Van Persie cards close to his chest and that he will return sooner than we all expect because in his absence, United really haven’t been clinical enough in front of goal.