Manchester United were left sweating over the fitness of Robin van Persie after he picked up a bizarre injury in the win over QPR.
The Dutchman was starring for Sir Alex Ferguson’s side in their fifth consecutive Premier League win before being forced off the pitch following an unlikely collision.
Van Persie was played into the QPR box in the 23rd minute and was left off balance after shooting from a tight angle before falling towards the advertising hoardings.
Manchester United’s top scorer was then left cursing his luck has he careered straight into a pit that had been dug for television cameras and bashed into the side of it.
Van Persie’s injury went unnoticed for a moment, as it was his saved shot that rolled into the path of Rafael 25-yards out for him to hammer into the top corner.
Ferguson was forced to replace Van Persie with Danny Welbeck 20 minutes later as the Premier League’s top scorer could no longer play through the pain.
Manchester United were concerned for their star striker, especially with the 2nd leg of their Champions League last-16 clash with Real Madrid was coming up, but fears seem to have been allayed.
The Daily Mail are reporting that the 29-year-old has suffered severe bruising on his hip but that the injury is not severe enough to keep him out for the clash with Cristiano Ronaldo et al at Old Trafford a week on Tuesday.
However, the injury may be enough to keep Van Persie out of Manchester United’s home clash with Norwich City in the Premier League this coming Saturday.