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The Holland and Manchester United forward, Robin Van Persie, has today left his international training session with a slight injury which could jeopardise Holland’s chances of progressing into the semi-finals.
RVP left the training session in Rio earlier today with a heavily taped up thigh. His absence from the team will leave Arjen Robben carrying the team forward against Costa Rica this coming saturday. There has been no confirmation of Van Persie not being in the starting line up for the coming game, but the injured thigh could pose a problem for Van Gaal’s team.
Van Persie’s presence in the Holland team has been instrumental in the Brazil World Cup 2014 and their current position in the final 16 may not have been possible without Manchester United’s number 20. Along with Robben, RVP has scored the most amount of goals for his home team in the competition so far, with both of the dutch-men scoring 3 goals at present. Memphis Depay, the 20-year-old forward/midfielder, has also helped the Dutch side to the quarter-finals – scoring 2 goals in consecutive games against Australia and Chile. If Van Persie is unfit for the game, it is likely that Klaas-Jan Huntelaar will start in his place.
Having played over 200 minutes in the world cup already, Van Persie has had 8 shots at the goal, with 6 being on target. His playing style is impeccable and he is a vital part of Van Gaal’s line up – he is the captain after all. Van Persie has played 3 out of 4 of Holland’s games so far and has been an important player in all of them. In the one game he did not play in due to receiving two yellow cards, the team struggled for the first half and for most of the second half. The usually dominant team only manage to keep possession of the ball for a slim 36% of the game and only managed goals in the final 15 minutes.
For the striker to miss the game this saturday could be the difference of his team progressing and being knocked out. The knock-out stages of any football competition are brutal and it just takes one mistake for a team to loose it all and in this case, Van Persie could be just that.
What do you think, could Holland make it through without Van Persie? Let me know in the comments below!