Arsenal's Barclays Premier League title charge has been given a timely boost after news that star striker Robin Van Persie's latest injury is not as bad as first feared.
The latest knock sustained by the 27-year-old Dutchman while on international duty saw Van Persie hobble off in Holland's 5-3 victory over Hungary on Tuesday evening.
But tests have revealed that he did not suffer any serious damage, and so could be fit to face Blackburn Rovers this weekend.
Van Persie will now undergo intensive treatment on deep bruising to his thigh and is confident of winning the race in his latest fitness battle – optimism shared by Holland coach Bert van Marwijk speaking after the Euro 2012 qualifier.
"He was hit by a knee just above his own. It didn't look serious but it was too painful for him to carry on. With luck he could play for Arsenal this weekend," he said.
Arsene Wenger has already been without the services of his talismanic striker for three months earlier in the season, when Van Persie picked up an ankle injury, again on international duty.
But past history would seem to sway in Arsenal's favour, as Van Persie also recovered faster than expected from a knee injury sustained in the Carling Cup final defeat to Birmingham City in February.
He then returned in time to face Barcelona in the all-important Champions League last-16 second leg clash at the Nou Camp just ten days later.
Van Persie’s goals have been key to Arsenal's assault on the title this campaign, scoring 11 goals in 16 appearances since his return from injury, and so another speedy return could be exactly the confidence boost his side need in their continued pursuit for domestic glory.
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