Robin van Persie picks up injury knock

Arsenal forward Robin van Persie has picked up a small groin injury whilst training with Netherlands ahead of their international friendly with England on Wednesday.

The Gunners’ marksman sat out his nation’s final training session before the game at Wembley as a precaution, after feeling pain in his groin.

Van Persie scored the second goal in Arsenal’s 5-2 win over Tottenham in the north London derby on Sunday, but also felt a slight twinge in his groin after the game; he went on international duty with the understanding that if there were any further repercussions he would be rested.

Van Persie’s involvement against The Three Lions now looks unlikely, but his national boss Bert van Marwijk’s is more hopeful that his star attacker will feature against Stuart Pearce’s side.

“I am optimistic that he will play. We will have to wait and see but I don’t think it’s too serious,” the coach told The Guardian.

With Van Persie in rich goalscoring form and a catalyst for Arsenal’s revival this season, Arsene Wenger will be eager for the player to sit out the friendly if he is not 100% fit.

By Gareth McKnight