Man United dealt blow in key-star's injury recovery

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Manchester United boss David Moyes has confirmed that he does not know if star striker Robin van Persie will make a return to action anytime soon.

According to FourFourTwo the under-pressure Red Devils manager stated last night following his side's 1-0 home loss to former club Everton, that Van Persie continues to suffer from a groin strain, despite reports that he was close to recovery.

The Dutch star, who has been a consistent source of goals for the Premier League champions since his 2012 move from Premier League rivals Arsenal, was expected back for the fixture last night but Moyes has admitted that his spell on the sidelines is one that has no definite end.

"I don't know [when Van Persie will return]. We've been trying to get him back for a few weeks," Moyes told reporters.

"But he is not ready yet. It's his groin. It's a sore groin injury and nothing desperately serious."

The striker's absence means that United will have to start with either Javier Hernandez or Danny Welbeck upfront when they host Newcastle on Saturday.

Wayne Rooney picked up a fifth yellow card of the season during the loss against Everton and so will be forced to sit out of the game.

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