Robin van Persie has returned to training and is likely to be fit in time for Manchester United’s game against Chelsea next weekend.
The 30-year-old has been out of action since he pulled his hamstring when he took a corner against Shakhtar Donetsk a month ago and United have struggled to be clinical in front of goal without him.
Van Persie has spent the past two weeks back in Holland on a specialist fitness regime with PSV’s fitness coach Arno Phillips as he has worked with him before and it is hoped that he can work some magic to get Van Persie back to full fitness.
Last season, Van Persie was instrumental in United winning the Premier League and we need that spark this season, especially in the middle of what is a terrible run of losses.
We have lacked so much in his absence and having a target man who is able to hold up play and bring others in will give us a fresh dimension which is something we desperately need. Right now, we are too heavily reliant on our wingers to create chances.
Although next weekend has been penned in as a return date, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Van Persie’s name on the team-sheet against Swansea at the weekend as it is such a must win game. Moyes would probably take the risk of putting him on the bench following his return to full training but he has to make sure he is actually fit as it wouldn’t be worth the risk otherwise.
Either way, it sounds like he is going to be fit in time for our clash against Chelsea which is going to be a crucial game given our poor run of form and hopefully when he returns to full fitness, he’ll be able to stay fit this time.