Van Persie set for 'at least a few weeks' on the sidelines
Published 31/08/2010 | 05:00
Robin van persie will miss "at least the next few weeks" of the season after suffering a twisted ankle in Arsenal's 2-1 victory over Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park on Saturday. The Dutch Football Federation inspected the striker's injury yesterday and it believes that he will be out for longer than originally thought by the Gunners' medical team.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said after the game that he thought Van Persie would miss 10 days of football but it now appears that was optimistic. It is a big blow for the club, who were without the Dutchman for five months last season with ankle ligament damage.
He recovered in time to help his country to the World Cup final in July -- when they lost to Spain -- but could now miss a home league game against Bolton Wanderers on September 11, a Champions League fixture against Braga four days later and then Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.
Arsenal have already suffered with injuries this season. Samir Nasri is out of action, having undergone minor knee surgery, while Denilson, Alex Song and Johan Djourou have all been injured at one stage or another.
Meanwhile, Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo will be sidelined for around three weeks due to an ankle injury, the Primera Division club have confirmed.
The 25-year-old sustained the injury during Sunday night's Primera Division opener against Real Mallorca and tests revealed the extent of the injury.
With a recovery time of three weeks, Ronaldo is now set to miss Portugal's upcoming Euro 2012 qualifiers against Cyprus and Norway, as well as Madrid's next league match against Osasuna and first Champions League outing against Ajax. (© Independent News Service)