Robin Van Persie has a tear in his ligament that is going to rule him out for at least a month, if not more. Van Persie was already sidelined before last night’s match as Wenger revealed the extent of his injury after the game.
Speaking after the match against Leyton Orient, Wenger revealed that he tore his ligament when he scored the goal against Birmingham by overstretching his leg as the manager added he continued with his injury during the game but had to be withdrawn in the end.
When asked about his return, Arsene replied that it is three to four weeks if there are no setbacks as the manager added it cannot be guaranteed and hoped that he will be available after the International break.
Meanwhile, Rosicky was also withdrawn last night due to an injury concern. Regarding him, Wenger said that he is good and how an elbow to his head left him a bit dizzy and had to be withdrawn.
On Wednesday, Arsenal qualified for the quarter finals of the FA Cup after beating Leyton Orient comfortably to set up a match against Manchester United.
Wenger, after the match, said:
“I am not a specialist but he [Robin Van persie] overstretched his knee at the back of his knee when he made the volley [to score on Sunday]. He got kicked or blocked by the defender and overstretched when he hit the ball. In fact we lost Van Persie after 30 minutes, we tried to keep him going in the second half but he was injured.
It is a ligament at the back of the knee, a tear in the ligament. It is three to four weeks, I take the short delay because I am an optimist but it could be four. As well it is the international break during that period so is it three or four, for us it is the same. We have two weeks to play now and then there is a two-week break because of international games. We have to hope it is only four; he cannot play before the international break, that is for sure. Let’s hope he can play after the international break. I listen to what the medical people say to me and you never know, he can have a setback. You can never guarantee.
He [Thomas Rosicky] is good, he had an elbow on his head. He was a bit dizzy so we took him off.”