Fiji Time: 8:14 AM on Wednesday 7 October

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / Sport

Manchester United's van Persie out for 4-6 weeks

Sunday, March 23, 2014

LONDON, March 21 AFP - Manchester United's underwhelming season received yet another setback yesterday with the news that striker Robin van Persie will be out for four to six weeks with a sprained knee.

The Dutchman sustained the injury after scoring a hat-trick against Olympiakos in the Champions League on Wednesday and news of the blow fell hours after United were paired with Bayern Munich in the quarter-finals.

Van Persie, 30, stands to miss both legs of the tie against the defending champions and will only be able to feature in two or three of United's final Premier League games if he is sidelined for the full six weeks.

"Following further investigation, Robin van Persie has a sprained knee, which will keep him out for around four to six weeks," United said in a statement on their official Twitter account.

The news arrives at an unwelcome juncture for United manager David Moyes, who had expressed hope that the 3-0 victory over Olympiakos would prove a turning point in a wretched season.

United are currently 18 points behind leaders Chelsea in the Premier League, 12 points below the top four, and have been eliminated from both domestic cup competitions.

Speaking before the full extent of Van Persie's injury had been revealed, Moyes had confirmed that the former Arsenal striker would miss at least Saturday's trip to West Ham United in the league.

"We're just getting him re-scanned again today," Moyes said during his weekly press conference.

"We're not conclusive in everything we've seen yet, so we want to check that out and be sure."

Van Persie was stretchered off after taking a blow to the back of his knee during the mid-week game at Old Trafford, but Moyes initially played down the extent of his injury, saying it was "hopefully not too bad".

Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.61410.5951
JPY 57.033254.0332
GBP 0.30900.3010
EUR 0.41900.4070
NZD 0.72780.6948
AUD 0.66430.6393
USD 0.47080.4538



Exchange Rate updated on 6th October 2015

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Fisherman has whale of a day
  2. The murders and tragedies of Vatuwaqa
  3. Sex offenders top list, taxpayers foot $15,660 per day
  4. Royal haunting or bang on the head? Welsh see ghosts in Surrey
  5. Fiji coach favourite to lead Sunwolves
  6. Cyclone shift
  7. Naholo under injury cloud
  8. New taxi permits order stays
  9. Clan land for projects
  10. Onus on the State

Top Stories this Week

  1. Rugby outcry Monday (05 Oct)
  2. Tired Wales march on after holding off feisty Fiji Friday (02 Oct)
  3. Fisherman has whale of a day Tuesday (06 Oct)
  4. RWC 2015 ball hunters Wednesday (30 Sep)
  5. 13 seek refuge in Fiji Wednesday (30 Sep)
  6. English tutors in demand Wednesday (30 Sep)
  7. Man faces further charges of rape, indecent assault Friday (02 Oct)
  8. Botia up for Wales clash Thursday (01 Oct)
  9. Family robbed, fear for lives Monday (05 Oct)
  10. Escapee on the run Thursday (01 Oct)