Manchester United striker Robin van Persie has been ruled out for about four weeks with a thigh injury, according to manager David Moyes. Moyes confirmed that the injury occurred during United’s midweek Champions League match against Shakhtar Donetsk at Old Trafford on Tuesday.
His absence comes as a huge blow to a struggling club, who must now rely even more on Wayne Rooney to provide the goals (Van Persie has scored seven goals in 11 Premier League matches). United, coming off consecutive league defeats at home for the first time since the end of the 2001-2002 season, is currently ninth in the Premier League standings and trails league-leading Arsenal by 13 points.
Van Persie is expected to miss at least eight matches, starting with Sunday’s trip to Aston Villa. He will also miss the League Cup quarter-final against Stoke City on December 18, the New Year’s Day clash at home against Tottenham, and back-to-back matches against Swansea City (one league match and one FA Cup match).
United are hopeful that Van Persie will be fit in time for their huge match at Chelsea on January 19.