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Van Persie aims for quick recovery
Published : 16 Nov 2009 17:04:29
The Holland forward - who has scored eight goals in 15 games in all competitions this season and emerged as one of the Gunners' key figures - has been ruled out for at least six weeks with partially-torn ankle ligaments following a heavy challenge from Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini during Saturday's friendly in Pescara. Arsenal confirmed van Persie, 26, will return to London later this week to continue his rehabilitation and are happy with the care of the Dutch Football Association. Van Persie, though, is ready to go a step further to try to help the healing process. Speaking to Dutch television programme Studio Voetbal, the Arsenal striker revealed: "I will fly to the Balkans to meet with a female doctor who helped [PSV Eindhoven midfielder] Danko Lazovic. "She is vague about her methods but I know she massages you using fluid from a placenta. "I am going to try. It cannot hurt and, if it helps, it helps. "I have been in contact with Arsenal physiotherapists and they have let me do it." Van Persie accepted his injury could have been much worse. The Dutchman added: "A scan showed that my ankle ligament was almost completely torn off where Chiellini caught me but it was not intentional. "I was lucky, it could be worse." Despite the prognosis now not being as bad as first thought, the loss of the Holland forward could not have come at a worse time for Gunners boss Arsene Wenger, who is already without Nicklas Bendtner until early December because of a groin problem. While there is an outside chance England forward Theo Walcott could be in contention for the visit of Premier League leaders Chelsea on November 29 after a knee injury, Eduardo is the most likely to be deployed as the central striker of what had been a free-scoring, fluid 4-3-3 system at Sunderland this weekend. Arsenal Score 100 Premiership Goals. Click here to bet.