Agonising wait to discover the extent of RVP's ankle injury


It looks likely that we won’t know until late tonight or, more probably, tomorrow morning just how bad is the ankle injury RVP sustained playing against Italy for Holland at the weekend.
Reports suggest the in-form striker will have his injury assessed in Holland this evening with a series of scans but speculation is mounting that the problem will leave him sidelined for up to three months.
The frontman went off 10 minutes into the Netherlands’ friendly against Italy in Pescara after hurting his right ankle in a tackle by Giorgio Chiellini.
“The ankle ligaments are definitely torn,” a Dutch Football Association said. “After the match our medical staff did not mention a break in the bone but the doctors will be able to tell us for sure. It does not look too good.”
He will be treated in Amsterdam by renowned ankle specialist Professor Niek van Dijk, who has previously worked with Cristiano Ronaldo, Ruud van Nistelrooy and Michael Owen.
Chiellini’s challenge left Van Persie rolling around in agony but, after being examined by medical staff at the Adriatico Stadium, he flew home with the Netherlands squad and spent the night with his family in Rotterdam.
“The first diagnosis is a bad ankle injury. We are waiting for X-rays in hospital. It’s terrible for Robin and is not good for Holland or his club,” said Dutch coach Bert van Marwijk.
Van Persie’s career has been interrupted by a succession of injuries – he broke toe in January 2006, fractured a metatarsal in January 2007 and damaged a knee on international duty in October 2007.
After enjoying a relatively injury-free 2008-09 season, he has started all of our Premier League games this season, is our second-highest scorer with eight goals and also has eight assists.
All of Van Persie’s goals have come in the last 11 games and the former Feyenoord forward has helped propel Arsenal to within five points of Premier League leaders Chelsea with a game in hand.
His absence leaves us short in attack, with Nicklas Bendtner sidelined until mid-December following minor groin surgery and Theo Walcott nursing a knee ligament problem.
Now is the time for Eduardo or Carlos Vela to come into their own with a run in the team, it would seem.
Let’s hope RVP isn’t out too long.

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