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Robin van Persie: My injury lay-off will make be better

17 Apr 2010 22:14:00

Robin van Persie: My injury lay-off will make be better

Robin van Persie says his five months of rehabilitation will benefit him in the long run. The striker ruptured his ankle ligaments in November, the latest of a series of bad injuries that have blighted his career at Arsenal, but made an instant impact when he came on during his team's 2-1 defeat at Tottenham on Wednesday. 'The amount of hard work I put in (during my rehabilitation) was incredible,' said Van Persie, who incorporated gym work, swimming and sprinting into his daily routine. Back with a bang: Van Persie impressed despite Arsenal losing at Tottenham 'I would start at 10am and get home at 8.30pm. Sometimes I was so tired I could not even drive. 'So I had no fear about how I would feel or about my shape when I would make my comeback. Agony: The Dutch ace spent five long months on the sidelines with an ankle injury 'I just know that if my body is in good shape, I don't have to worry about a thing on the pitch. 'That's why I had the confidence to turn it all on immediately from the first minute I came on.'  Upwardly mobile Arsene Wenger takes the rise out of title rivals ChelseaAndy Townsend: Spurs are winning the turf war with derby rivals ArsenalARSENAL FC


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