Manchester United striker Robin van Persie will miss the next four to six weeks after it was confirmed that he has suffered a sprained knee.
The Netherlands international was stretched off in the closing stages of Wednesday night’s Champions League victory over Olymapikos, in which he scored all three of the home side's goals, at Old Trafford. Initial reports suggested that Van Persie would miss Saturday’s match against West Ham at Upton Park, but would be in contention to make an appearance in Tuesday night’s eagerly-awaited derby against local rivals Manchester City.
However, the Red Devils released the following information via their official Twitter account on Friday afternoon: “BREAKING: Following further investigation, Robin van Persie has a sprained knee, which will keep him out for around four to six weeks.”
News of Van Persie’s injury comes as a major blow to Manchester United and their under-pressure manager David Moyes, who will now be without his first-choice striker for both legs of the Champions League quarter-final tie against Bayern Munich. The Red Devils were drawn to face the reigning European champions earlier today, with the fixtures scheduled for April 1 and 9.
As well as the Premier League fixtures against West Ham and Manchester City, Van Persie will also miss the games against Aston Villa and Newcastle United, and may not be fit in time to face either Everton or Norwich City towards the end of April.
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