Manchester United striker Robin van Persie has told the Sunday Mirror about his fears of a broken toe following Manchester United's 1-1 draw against Shakhtar Donetsk earlier this month.

Despite suffering an injury in Ukraine, Van Persie played against Sunderland for Manchester United and against Hungary for Holland, but admits the pain-killing injections he needed were a risk.

He told the Sunday Mirror: Against Shakhtar I got such a hard kick on my toe, I immediately thought it was broken. It was so sore.

"On the Thursday, after returning to Manchester, I had a scan. Eight years ago I broke a bone on my other foot and it felt like a similar injury.

"Against Shakhtar I got such a hard kick on my toe, I immediately thought it was broken. It was so sore.

"I was so relieved there was no fracture visible, but doctors told me it was badly bruised. I was told to rest it, but I wanted to play against Sunderland.

"So we did what they call a quick fix. The medics gave me an injection.

"But I have said I won't do that again. If I keep having injections in my toe, it is not going to improve. It will get more sensitive and painful.

"I have to admit it was a gamble playing against Hungary. I'd not trained and you never know how that can work out when you play again."

Van Persie scored a hat-trick for Holland against Hungary on Friday, and will make his return for Manchester United against Southampton in the Barclays Premier League on Saturday.

The Dutchman has 12 goals in 12 games for Holland and Manchester United this season as he looks to continue his incredible goal scoring form of the past two seasons.

His hat-trick against Holland in their 8-1 mauling of Hungary took him to the top of Holland's all-time top scorers list ahead of Patrick Kluivert.

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