Manchester United and Netherlands star Robin van Persie was handed a stroke of good fortune after walking away from a potential serious accident with a kitesurfer in Brazil, reports the Daily Mail.
The star striker, who earns a reported £250,000-a-week at Manchester United, was left with just scratches and a headache after a kitesurfer crashed into him and Netherlands teammate Daryl Janmaat while they visited Ipanema beach in Rio de Janeiro.
With the World Cup just two days away from opening and Holland's first game against Spain on Friday, Louis van Gaal will breathe a huge sigh of relief that his captain and star striker was left relatively unharmed.
Feyenoord defender Janmaat told Dutch source NIS: "I almost got a kite on my head.
"There was a man kitesurfing and he fell on the very spot where I was. [But] there is nothing to worry about."
Van Persie is known for his proneness to injury and spent a large part of Manchester United's season on the treatment table as he struggled to cope with the demands of David Moyes' training routines.
However, Van Persie has since returned to full fitness under the guidance of Van Gaal and appeared in good form ahead of what will likely be his last World Cup campaign.
The 30-year-old recently admitted that he had been playing in pain for up to six-years, saying he can't recall a match where something wasn't causing him discomfort.
"I've been playing in pain for the last five or six years; every single game," he said in a press conference. "I can't really think of one game where I didn't have a niggle or pain somewhere.
"I'm used to that. I know, together with the team and with the medical staff, how to deal with that.
"I'm the one who looks at that and manages that."
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