David Moyes confirmed that Robin van Persie has returned to light training after nearly three weeks on the sideline due to a thigh injury he sustained against Shakhtar Donetsk.
The 30-year-old’s original prognosis was a minimum of four weeks before a return to fitness so the fact that he has taken part in light training indicates the rehabilitation process is going to plan, which is certainly a good thing.
Speaking after the game, Moyes admitted he was keen to get Rooney and Van Persie playing alongside each other again as soon as possible.
“Robin has started some light training, and he might not be too far away either. We haven’t often had them [Rooney and Van Persie] as a strike partnership, so I look forward to getting them back together.”
Van Persie hasn’t been 100% fit all season. You could tell from the very start of the year, going as far back as the pre-season games, that Van Persie hasn’t been fully fit but there is every chance that he could return and recapture his blistering form that made him the best player in the Premier League last season.
What Moyes must make sure this time is that Van Persie is only brought back into action when he is certain that the injury problems are over. He could not risk Van Persie getting injured again so soon after recovering from this thigh problem.