Struggling Manchester United have been dealt yet another blow, with David Moyes having confirmed in a press conference reported by BBC Sport that striker Robin van Persie is set for a month on the sidelines through injury.
30-year-old Van Persie, who joined the Premier League champions from top-flight foes Arsenal in a controversial deal in summer 2012, was instrumental during Sir Alex Ferguson's last season in charge of the club, firing the Red Devils to their 21st crown with 26 goals.
The Dutch maestro continues to be pivotal to Manchester United's hopes, with Van Persie having netted seven times in 11 games already this season.
However, he has been unable to prevent the club from suffering an increasingly underwhelming start to the new campaign, with Moyes' men having suffered consecutive 1-0 home defeats to Everton and Newcastle at Old Trafford.
Such a putrid run of form has seen Moyes come under significant pressure from Manchester United fans and the Scot losing a player of Van Persie's undoubted quality in the lead-up to the busy festive period in which the club face crucial fixtures against the likes of Stoke and Tottenham.
It is believed that Van Persie sustained the injury to his thigh while delivering the corner that led to Phil Jones' goal against Ukrainian champions Shakhtar Donetsk during the club's rather lacklustre 1-0 triumph in the Champions League at Old Trafford on Tuesday evening.