Arsenal striker Robin van Persie is to be out of action for six weeks after suffering ankle ligament damage while on international duty with Holland.
The 26-year-old only lasted for ten minutes of the game against Italy before being stretched off whilst quite clearly in a great deal of pain. There were initial fears that it could end the forward’s season, but the Dutch FA released a statement saying that it will be ‘approximately six weeks’.
Despite the realisation that van Persie’s injury was not as bad as first feared, Arsenal will undoubtedly miss one of their main goal scoring threats over the next few weeks. He has scored eight goals in his last 15 games and as the football betting odds' show he has arguably been playing the best football of his career.
As for what is up next for Van Persie in terms of the recovery process, it has been revealed that he will travel to Serbia in order to receive special treatment. Speaking about the situation, the Dutchman said that he will now ‘fly to the Balkans to meet with a ‘female doctor’ who has helped players with similar injuries in the past.
He went on to say that he has been in touch with the Arsenal physiotherapists who have given him the go ahead in terms of this treatment. Clearly, van Persie is determined to be back on the pitch as soon as possible and will do anything he can to speed this process up.
Arsenal will still miss his presence though as they are also without Nicklas Bendtner and Theo Walcott, meaning that Arsene Wenger’s attacking options are stretched somewhat for the trip to Sunderland this weekend.