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RvP Could Be Back In April .... But Don't Rush Him

Arsene Wenger says that Robin van Persie could be back for the end of the season if his recovery goes without a hitch.

Arsenal's top striker suffered serious injury whilst playing in a meaningless International friendly back in 1987 and has been out ever since. After what looked like a very promising start to the campaign for the Dutchman, this lengthy lay off crushed the player's hopes of helping his team push for the title.

However Arsene Wenger believes that it's possible RvP could be back in action at the end of April just in time for the end of season run in.

"If you ask me is it the beginning of April, I would say categorically no because he has not started any real fitness work yet," said Wenger

"Once he starts that, it will take at least six weeks. Maybe at the end of April if all goes well. If there is no set-back, he should be back before the end of the season but it is very difficult to predict."

Considering Arsenal's ridiculous injury list over the past few years I reckon it would be very ill-advised for Wenger to rush van Persie back ..... unless, of course, there's still a chance of silverware, in which case, the risk of van Persie suffering an recurrence and missing the world cup could be an acceptable one.

After all, Holland owe us one don't they?

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Writer: Rocky7 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday February 19 2010

Time: 11:56AM

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But what about Holland's friendly in March? Have selfish Arsenal not thought of that? That's just unacceptable!
Little Dutch
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19/02/2010 12:10:00

Agreed - it's highly unlikely he'd be able to make any sort of impact especially considering our propensity toward spectacularly underestimating injured players recovery times. If he is back in top condition then fantastic, but personally, I'm not counting on him being back until next season.
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19/02/2010 13:58:00

He's going to get injured in the World Cup. I just know
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19/02/2010 14:29:00

....So we may as well break him before then.
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19/02/2010 15:13:00

I like your logic. If anyone is going to ***** up our players, at leas let it be us.
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19/02/2010 15:15:00

What's the point? Rushing him back for Holland to get him crocked again? I say let him rest till July! ;)
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19/02/2010 15:54:00

Yep :) then let him have all summer to rest up, not spend a month and a half arguing and bickering in true Dutch fashion only to bow out after an insipid QF display (a la England) during which three of his toes will be snapped clean off in a perfectly legit 50/50 challenge, a challenge that his opponent takes exception to nevertheless and chooses to repeatedly stamp on RVPs prone defenceless genitalia for good measure.
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19/02/2010 15:58:00

LD where is your Porto match report?! I'm getting withdrawal symptoms!
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19/02/2010 16:33:00

It might be a good idea to use him as much as possible so that he gets a minor reoccurrence and has to sit out the whole summer.
Sir Henry
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19/02/2010 16:48:00

Elected against the Porto match report. One of the reasons I couldn't go was through being busy at work. Plus, I left a good deal of my impressions on the forum and having not been at the game, I didn't feelI could offer any fresh insight. Normal service will be resumed this weekend.
Little Dutch
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19/02/2010 17:05:00

Why rest him only for Holland to use him, preparing for the WC, get to the 1/4 finals and return him injured to us for pre-season? I say we use him, once he can run and shoot the ball.
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19/02/2010 18:05:00

On a less selfish note, every player surely must dream of playing in the world cup? If we bring him back prematurely it could damage any chances he has of playing in the WC. July is 2 months away from April. I say let him rest and regain his match fitness rather then risk damaging him farther and possibly missing him at the start of next season? A note on RVP btw ...before he was injured our goal average was 3.2, it's now dropped to 1.6 ... Something needs to be done.
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20/02/2010 03:03:00

Okay. If you put it that way.....(walks away, sulking).
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21/02/2010 10:46:00

Even if he comes back I doubt he will make an impact. I remember him coming back towards the closing stages of 2007-08 and he was unfortunately really pathetic.
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21/02/2010 21:11:00

Given Arsenal's remarkably poor history in predicting comeback times, I'm pretty certain RvP will not be back in April.
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22/02/2010 13:57:00

Surely RVP would want to go to the World Cup, so imo he will be eager to try and get has much pitch time as possible before the end of the season.
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25/02/2010 17:04:00

We should not be in a haste . Holland and Arsenal. We should trust the view of our Manager over RvP.
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23/03/2010 09:47:00


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