Van Gaal confirms van Persie a doubt for QPR

by Richard Laverty

Robin van Persie could miss Manchester United’s visit to Queens Park Rangers on Saturday due to a ‘minor’ ankle injury, Louis van Gaal has confirmed.

Van Persie was withdrawn against Southampton last weekend and was seen limping off down the tunnel with a physio, sparking rumours he could be out for a couple of weeks.

But Louis van Gaal gave good news when confirming the injury to the striker wasn’t serious but that he is a doubt for their visit to Loftus Road.

“It is minor, I don’t think it is a big problem,” said Van Gaal.

It wasn’t particularly obvious on first viewing how the Dutchman picked up the injury given the lack of time he and strike partner Angel Di Maria got on the ball against a stubborn and well-organised Southampton side.

But given Van Persie is going through another difficult spell of form, United fans may be excited by the prospect of seeing Radamel Falcao return to the starting line-up with Wayne Rooney moving further up the field.

It would also allow Angel di Maria to return to his favoured central role and would give supporters hope of a positive result despite the club’s poor away form and QPR’s resilience at home.

With United’s next game against Cambridge United in the FA Cup, van Gaal may see the next few weeks as a good opportunity to rest van Persie and see the striker return against Leicester City in two weeks time

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