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Robin van Persie blow for Arsenal
Published : 28 Nov 2009 10:19:20
The 26-year-old suffered torn ankle ligaments during Holland's goalless draw against Italy in Pescara on Nov 14 and was initially expected to be out for between four and six weeks. However, the Gunners' medical stuff have since reviewed the injury and its treatment and concluded he must go under the knife, and is now not expected back until April at best. Related ArticlesArsenal v Chelsea: match previewWenger: Fifa failed to punish Chelsea over KakutaCesc Fabregas: I don't want to fail at ArsenalAndrei Arshavin still suffering from World Cup heartacheArsenal v Chelsea epicsThe loss of Van Persie is a massive blow to Arsenal, as he was in such good form. The Dutchman has tried radical methods including massage using placenta in Serbia to get back into action. A club statement read: "Robin van Persie returned to Arsenal on Nov 22 following an ankle injury sustained whilst on international duty with Holland. "The injury was expected to keep him out of action for between four and six weeks. "Upon his return, the Arsenal medical team conducted a thorough review of his scans, his early injury management and the treatment he had received. "Having scrutinised these in detail and assessed the response of his ankle, the club's medical team concluded that further investigation and opinion was required. "Advice was sought from the leading ankle specialist Mr Niek van Dijk, who confirmed that more extensive damage had been suffered than was first diagnosed. "In order to repair his ankle, Robin will undergo surgery next week in Amsterdam to reconstruct the ligaments. The club's medical team anticipate that a full recovery will take between four and five months." Van Persie is currently Arsenal's leading goalscorer in the Premier League this season, with seven goals. He has also found the net once in the Champions League.