Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has revealed Robin van Persie will miss Wednesday night’s game against Newcastle United but stopped short of giving a timeframe for his return.
Some reports suggested Man United could be without the Dutchman for up to six weeks but swelling around his ankle delayed a more accurate analysis.
Van Gaal confirmed van Persie is definitely out of the Newcastle game and added it is too soon to say how long he will be sidelined.
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Van Persie’s injury presents an opportunity to Wayne Rooney, who started up front against Sunderland after spending a number of weeks in midfield.
The United captain scored both of the team’s goals against the Mackems and put in a solid shift. Rooney’s return to form has led some fans to suggest van Persie’s injury could be a blessing in disguise for United as they bid to qualify for next season’s Champions League.