Van Persie set for shock return in time for United Champions League return
03 May 2009 12:40
Robin van Persie will make a shock comeback against Manchester United in the Champions League semi-final on Tuesday as Arsenal bid to improve on their flawed performance at Old Trafford and overturn a 1-0 deficit from the first leg.
The Holland striker has been struggling with a groin injury for a fortnight but his rehabilitation is geared towards making him available for Tuesday, with Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger hoping to field a full-strength attack of Van Persie, Emmanuel Adebayor, Theo Walcott and Samir Nasri, though Croatia striker Eduardo will be ruled out with a groin injury he sustained in the first leg.
Van Persie has struggled with a succession of injuries in the past two seasons and was ultra-cautious when he damaged his groin in the FA Cup semi-final against Chelsea, but Wenger has held him back for the decisive
match of the tie and the defining game of Arsenal's season.
The Gunners manager hopes Van Persie will add the cutting edge hisyoung team lacked in the first leg.
Wenger said: 'United were sharperthan us in the final third in the first half-hour of the first leg, butwe had a lot of possession in the final part of the game, we justweren't dangerous enough.