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Is Robin ready to Rock?

Dutch national coach Marco van Basten is ready to consider using Robin van Persie for their opening fixture against Italy in just 5 days time.

"Physically he is okay now. But he needs to be back to his old self as soon as possible." Says van Basten. 'He can do this quickly because he wasn't out for a very long time.'

Van Persie had been training by himself,outside of the main Dutch group, having missed all three of last weeks warm up games against Ukraine, Denmark and Wales. He has now joined the group training sessions in Lausanne in preparation for the opening games. The Dutch medical team seems confident that the thigh injury that had kept him out of recent matches has completely healed but Arsenal fans will be concerned that the striker has really put the injuries behind him.

It is 18 months since a broken metatarsal sustained at the beginning of January 2007 ended his season prematurely and he has made just 23 appearances, including 3 as a substitute, last season. Infrequent though his appearances were he still managed 9 goals in the games he played showing his importance for both club and country.

The Dutch are possibly taking some encouragement from the performances of Arjen Robben who had earned a similarly fragile, injury prone reputation finally debuting for Real Madrid at the end of December 2007 having joined them in August on the back of an injury struck season at Chelsea.

'All the pains and knocks he [Robben] has suffered seem to have gone and he will be important for us in the finals " claims van Basten.

If he has finally put this unhappy period behind him and Robin goes on to have a successful and rewarding tournament it will set him up very well for the coming season. All Arsenal fans are bound to feel some apprehension though and fingers will be firmly crossed that he comes through unscathed.




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Writer: Amos. Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday June 4 2008

Time: 4:11PM

Your Comments

He better be ok!! Kuyt on the right just isn't as dangerous!
oranje_emu
He better be ok!! Kuyt on the right just isn't as dangerous!
oranje_emu
Rather selfishly, I wish he wasn't playing at all in this tournament :(
Rocky7
Rather selfishly, I wish he wasn't playing at all in this tournament :(
Rocky7
I thought I saw "Is Robin ready to crock?" lol okie, really hope he comes through this tournament unscathed or, better still, unplayed. :P But I do wish Holland good luck!
Lou the Gunneress
I thought I saw "Is Robin ready to crock?" lol okie, really hope he comes through this tournament unscathed or, better still, unplayed. :P But I do wish Holland good luck!
Lou the Gunneress
I say let him play, get some form and confidence - both in his play but also with his body so that he feels strong and resilient for the new season. Let's face it, if he's one of those that's just injury-prone, he may as well get it now so that Arsene can plan ahead and buy a player.
Gooner_Vin
I say let him play, get some form and confidence - both in his play but also with his body so that he feels strong and resilient for the new season. Let's face it, if he's one of those that's just injury-prone, he may as well get it now so that Arsene can plan ahead and buy a player.
Gooner_Vin
Just wait and see half our squad will come back from the euro injured and miss the start of the season
Will-i-am10
Just wait and see half our squad will come back from the euro injured and miss the start of the season
Will-i-am10
lets also get David villa...
KnightOfARSENAL
lets also get David villa...
KnightOfARSENAL
Don't you mean ready to get injured?
Paulinho
Don't you mean ready to get injured?
Paulinho
Looks like they will be wearing this kit then!!!! http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/sport/football/article1247520.ece
MrArsenal
Looks like they will be wearing this kit then!!!! http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/sport/football/article1247520.ece
MrArsenal
Robin always gets injured on internationals, so I'm putting my bet on Dudu to be our top scorer next season.
stukazufuss
Robin always gets injured on internationals, so I'm putting my bet on Dudu to be our top scorer next season.
stukazufuss
How tottaly silly -http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/2008/06/05/blues-have-been-wrong-for-wright-89520-20595488/
number14
How tottaly silly -http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/2008/06/05/blues-have-been-wrong-for-wright-89520-20595488/
number14
*totally
number14
*totally
number14
Van Persie looks set to be fit for the first game!
oranje_emu
Van Persie looks set to be fit for the first game!
oranje_emu
^untill he goes down injured.
Paulinho
^untill he goes down injured.
Paulinho
i think rvp will break his leg.
gooner_till_i_die
i think rvp will break his leg.
gooner_till_i_die
Thats the way, fill us all with confidence!!!!!
MrArsenal
Thats the way, fill us all with confidence!!!!!
MrArsenal
From what I hear, you lot let one more player go (Ad-enough-bye-bye) for example, and Van Pu 55ey wants to go too.
YidEdy
From what I hear, you lot let one more player go (Ad-enough-bye-bye) for example, and Van Pu 55ey wants to go too.
YidEdy
Bore off spud!!! More like Dimitar Bye Bye-tov!!!!!!!!!!!!
MrArsenal
Bore off spud!!! More like Dimitar Bye Bye-tov!!!!!!!!!!!!
MrArsenal
 

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