Van Gaal clarifies Van Persie situation

by Sam Peoples

Louis van Gaal has played down worries that Robin van Persie’s injury is anything to worry about ahead of the Netherlands’ World Cup opener with Spain on Friday.

Van Persie walked off at half-time against Wales this week sparking concerns the 30-year-old’s injury problems could affect his chances of being fully fit for the World Cup.

However, Van Gaal insisted it is nothing out of the ordinary and expects him to be fit.

“It is not an injury, but he feels his groin. You should not be worrying about that,” he said.

“Every player feels pains but you’re meant to live with it. Van Persie is good but it was also a light training session. We need to look again in the morning.”

Van Persie also played down any potential injury. He said: “I wouldn’t call it an injury. It built up during the game so I decided it was sensible to come off.”

Given that Van Persie has been recovering from a sprained knee he sustained against Olympiacos a few months ago, any other setbacks would be a real blow for him regaining full match fitness but both he and Van Gaal are confident he will be fit in time for the World Cup

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