van Persie Plays Down Injury Fears

09 June 2014 08:40

Robin van Persie has revealed that he is fit and raring to lead Holland's attack in the FIFA World Cup after overcoming injury concerns.

The striker landed in Rio with his team on Friday, amid fears that he might miss the start of his country's World Cup campaign due to injury. He took part in Holland's final warm-up fixture against Wales in mid-week, however was withdrawn at half-time as he felt some issues in his groin. That led to fears that he is perhaps injured and could sit out the opening game against defending champions Spain.

However, the Manchester United man has revealed that the substitution against Wales was just a precautionary measure to avoid aggravating the injury, and that he has overcome the same in due time to face the Spaniards on June 14. Daily Mail report the 30-year old as saying, "Against Wales, I stayed behind in the changing room for the second half just to be careful because the match against Spain is much more important,"

My groin was progressively a little irritated. If it had been a sudden pain I would been concerned but you can't really even call it an injury."

He was also dogged by injuries in Manchester United's final months of last season and has been struggling at times to reach full fitness ever since; he would be hoping that he can now gain momentum and make an impact in Brazil.

Source: DSG