Date:Thursday May 28 2009
No stranger to the treatment room star striker Robin van Persie is to go into a clinic in Paris on Friday - apparently to have 4 wisdom teeth removed.
"That is heavy, yes. But I completely go under anaesthetic. Good sleeping and eating porridge for two days with little else! Then I can train fully again." he told the Dutch journal De Telegraaf.
The operation is intended to help his overall strength. Seemingly, his osteopath cannot rule out that there is a connection between muscle injury and problem with his teeth.
"That is very difficult to prove," says Robin "But if it helps just one per cent it is worth the trouble. Three of my teeth are impacted. It could be that they affect the recovery period that my body needs."
What do you mean the headline is misleading? No more so than some that look to portray the rest of his comments taken from the same interview as implying a breakdown in contract talks. In reality all he said in regard to a contract that still has 2 years to run was "Maybe I will soon have something new to report. That is all I have to say for now."
The interview he gave to the Dutch newspaper seemed to suggest he wasn`t entirely unhappy with the season "Only missing a trophy" he rues.
With a personal objective to play more this season following two seasons of protracted injuries he feels he has at least met that. "That was successful. I have taken part in 44 games, including 38 as a starter. In a competition as tough as the English that`s very good. Moreover, I had more goals and assists than ever."
Despite reaching two semi-finals the competition for trophies in the Premier League is a tough one Robin acknowledges. "We are among the best four of Europe and that is not nothing. Yet we have not really been close in the semi-final against Manchester United. That is the problem. In England you have to be very good to win something.
"With Feyenoord and Arsenal, I have already won a cup. That is the ultimate way to close the season. With something tangible. But almost nobody across Europe is able to stay in the race with clubs such as Manchester United and Chelsea. Only Barcelona, who are extremely good."
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Date:Thursday May 28 2009
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