Manchester United ace Robin van Persie will have his ankle assessed today after leaving the Liberty Stadium with his foot in a protective boot.
The Dutchman suffered an injury during the second-half of the Red Devils’ 2-1 loss to Swansea City, and was later seen hobbling from the ground post-match, according to the Daily Mirror. Due to the fact Louis van Gaal had already made three substitutes Van Persie had to stay on the pitch, which is hardly going to have helped his situation.
After the game Van Gaal offered no inclination as to whether or not his 31-year-old forward was indeed suffering from a potentially serious problem, but for the player himself it will certainly be frustrating given the fact that he had only just returned to the starting lineup after finding himself on the bench for the FA Cup trip to Preston.
Struggles with form
On top of that he’s struggled for form this season, casting doubts over his long-term future at the club. Whilst backup option Radamel Falcao - who could be given another chance if Van Persie’s injury rules him out for the upcoming clash with Sunderland - isn’t producing the goods either, James Wilson is waiting in the wings for his chance, and a number of targets have been linked with Old Trafford.
Van Persie will be afforded until the end of the season to improve his fortunes - providing he hasn’t sustained a bad injury - but he may not be given the benefit of the doubt ahead of what will be a campaign next year where Van Gaal is aiming to win titles. Sitting in the twilight of his career his best days may be over, and struggling to feature in a consistent run of games doesn’t aid his bid.
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