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Robin van Persie set for derby injury return

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Robin van Persie is confident that the injury that he picked up in Manchester United's Champions League victory over Olympiakos isn't that serious and that he will be fit to return against Manchester City next week, according to Patrick Kluivert.

Van Persie was the man of the hour at Old Trafford on Wednesday, firing his side into the quarter-finals with a fine hat-trick.

However he left the field on a stretcher after going down following a challenge from Greek defender Kostas Manolas in the second half.

While the injury looked to be a serious one, Manchester United boss David Moyes said he didn't believe the injury was that bad, and that he could make a comeback in time for the derby game against Manchester City on Tuesday.

Kluivert, now Holland assistant coach, says Van Persie is ineed in line for a quick return.

"Robin went on Thursday morning directly to the hospital and his upper leg was very stiff," he said.

"We now have to wait but we have good hope. Maybe he can play the Manchester derby."

News of Van Persie's potential return will come as a boost to Manchester United who are still struggling in the Premier League.

They currently sit in 7th place - although will hope that they can use their victory in Europe as a springboard for a good run of form for the rest of the season.

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