Manchester United are yet to officially reveal the extent of Robin Van Persie’s hip injury, which was generated when he fell into a television camera while crossing the ball which led to Rafael’s bullet strike.
Van Persie played on for a short period after the incident happened so the early indications are positive. However, he was subbed off for Danny Welbeck with Sir Alex Ferguson taking no risks.
It’s a big blow to United if Van Persie is kept out for longer than many think or expect because he is the top scorer at the club this season.
It’s also a big blow to United’s Champions League bid ahead of the second leg against Real Madrid, which could go a long way to defining whether United can pull off the treble.
“We will assess him tomorrow. Hopefully he'll be all right for the Real Madrid game. He tried to play on but it was obvious he wasn't going to make it,” Ferguson told BBC Sport.
If it’s just an impact injury then the length of time Van Persie will be out, should be much shorter than if he’s badly damaged a muscle or picked up a strain.
The fact he collided with the camera suggests it should just be a bad impact injury which will only keep him out short term.
Either way, United can cope without him because of the quality of strikers at their disposal; Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck and Javier Hernandez.
It was extremely positive for United that Rooney came off the bench yesterday after a sinus illness. If he hadn’t been available then United would have been staring at a spell without two of their best forwards.
If Van Persie can’t play in the Real Madrid game than Javier Hernandez could well play Van Persie’s role, as Ferguson will be reluctant to move Welbeck from a left sided position where he has been so effective this season.
It’s not the end of the world but it’s less than ideal for the club at a crucial stage of the season.
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