Robin van Persie in line for shock Tottenham return: Arsenal star set for north London derby

08 April 2010 03:25
Robin van Persie could be in line for a sensational return against Tottenham next week after Arsenal's chief physio Colin Lewin revealed the striker will begin full training 'imminently'.

The Dutchman looked set to be ruled out for the remainder of the season after damaging ankle ligaments in an international friendly against Italy in November.

Flying Dutchman: van Persie is set to return to full Arsenal training 'imminently'

But Van Persie could now be included in Arsenal's injury-hit squad forthe crucial north London derby on Wednesday, as the Gunners look tobounce back from their defeat in Barcelona and ensuing exit from theChampions League.

'Robin will be joining the squad for full training imminently. Thatis a big boost for the club and will give everyone a big lift,' Lewin told

The Gunners physio also moved to dismiss reports Arsene Wenger was at fault to risk Cesc Fabregasin the home-leg of the quarter-final.

The captain's season came to an end after he suffered a broken leg during the 2-2 draw with Barcelona at the Emirates Stadium.

Crocked: The Dutchman has been out of action since November 14

But Lewin insists it occurred directly as a result of the tackle by Carles Puyol, which led to the Gunners equalising penalty.

'Cesc is doing well. He is likely to be out for the rest of theseason with a hairline crack of his fibula. If everything goes well hewill comfortably make the World Cup and we will be constantlymonitoring him.

'The injury was certainly as a result of the tackle by Carles Puyol at the end of the Barcelona game.

'There were some ill-informed media reports that the fracture wassustained before the Barcelona game and those reports, put simply, wereuntrue.

'He suffered heavy bruising in the Birmingham City game but tosuggest that someone can run around for 85 minutes against Barcelonawith a fractured fibula is just farcical.'

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