Van Persie cools injury fear

2014-06-05 10:45
Robin van Persie
Robin van Persie (AFP)
Cape Town - Robin van Persie has played down any fears surrounding his fitness ahead of the World Cup, despite managing just 45 minutes of the Netherlands' 2-0 win over Wales.

The Manchester United striker had set up Arjen Robben for the opener in Amsterdam but was substituted at half-time after feeling some discomfort in his knee.

Fears suggested Van Persie may have aggravated the injury which kept him sidelined for six weeks during the business end of the Red Devils' Premier League season, although the Dutchman has been quick to cool any such concerns.

Van Persie said: "I wouldn't call it an injury, I came off as a precaution.

"It built up during the game so [I] decided it was sensible to come off."

Netherlands manager Louis van Gaal added: "He has a little injury and I think it is better that you don't risk a bigger injury when he plays the second half.

"I think he made the right decision. It is not an important match. You don't have to risk it.

"His action to give the assist for the first goal was fantastic."

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