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Robin Van Persie will be unavailable against Sunderland
By Andrew Scott Saturday, 28 February 2015 03:01
Robin Van Persie, striker for Manchester United, will be unavailable for action when his side takes on Sunderland on Saturday in the Premiere League, but many fans were relieved to learn that Michael Clark is close to returning to the squad, and pay per head bookies are confident that his comeback can seriously help the team.
Van Persie suffered the injury when United were beaten last weekend 2-1 to Swansea City, and he was spotted with a protective boot later on when as he was on his way out of the Liberty Stadium.
Then Louis van Gaal said that the Netherlands international would not be available for action when his side faces Sunderland, and the United manager also said that it’s possible that for the following couple of weeks Van Persie won’t be able to feature for his side, something that gives many fans plenty of reasons to be concerned.
“He is injured,” said the manager. “It is an ankle problem. I do not think it is very heavy but ankle problems can take a long time.
“It is not one or two weeks.”
On the club’s website, the manager also said: “Van Persie is the only injured player. We will have to wait and see how long that shall take.”
However, the team did receive some better news, as Michael Carrick is close to making a comeback to the squad after an absence of almost a month due to a ruptured muscle, and many fans are confident that team will get a boost with the player’s return, even though Van Persie won’t be able to feature.
The player is back to training with the team, but the Dutch manager is very eager to see hit the pitch again.
“Carrick trained yesterday for the first time with the group,” added the manager. “He is very experienced and he can play in a very important position.
“But he also needs match rhythm. He trained only one time with us, with the group so he needs to also play in the second team.”
United’s fans would like to see how Carrick performs when he goes back to the squad, and many are confident that he’ll be able to do a great job on the pitch, seriously helping the squad in Van Persie’s absence. The game on Saturday will be closely followed by pay per head bookies, and Carrick’s performance will be monitored by fans around the world.