Manchester United hopeful Robin van Persie will be fit to face Real Madrid
24 February 2013 10:27
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Van Persie injured his hip after fell down a camera bunker as he helped set up
Rafael's opener. He tried to continue but was replaced after 40 minutes.
United manager Sir Alex Ferguson said the club's medical staff will
assess the injury today. "I would imagine he will be very tender and sore
for a few days but hopefully he will be all right, particularly for the Real
Madrid game," said Ferguson. "He collided with a camera in a sort of a
dug-out piece of ground. He collided with the base of that, which has given
him a sore hip."
With 11 games remaining, and City due to face third-place Chelsea on Sunday,
Ferguson's side are in a dominant position, but the manager refused to
declare his side to be champions-elect.
"We're in a better position today (Saturday) than we were yesterday," he said.
"It's one game less and it's really important and the way we can approach it
is by winning the next game and then trying to win the next game and seeing
where it takes us."
Rafael da Silva set United on course for victory at QPR with an outstanding
opening goal before Ryan Giggs marked his 999th appearance in senior
football with the second 10 minutes from time. Ferguson praised the
contribution of Rafael, the young Brazilian full-back, who is emerging as a
key figure in the league leaders' line-up.