Manchester United striker Robin Van Persie has revealed how he thought that he had broken his toe just under a month ago.
United's draw against Shakhtar Donetsk was when Van Persie picked up the injury, and he then had to take a pain killing injection in order to play in United's hard fought win over Sunderland the following Saturday.
The former Arsenal star again played through the pain in a World Cup qualifier for the Netherlands against Hungary, in which the Dutch ace managed to score a hat-trick. This treble means that Van Persie is now Holland's all time top goal scorer, surpassing the previous record set by Patrick Kluivert.
And, following his fine performance against Hungary, Van Persie says he will no longer have injections in his toe to ease the pain, because it may risk further injury.
He told reporters: "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.
"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."
The Netherlands, meanwhile, travel to Turkey for their final match of the 2014 World Cup qualification process, with their place in Brazil already confirmed.
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