Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has confirmed striker Robin van Persie will miss the next two Premier League games against Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool as the race for the top four hots up.
Van Persie has been injured since leaving the Liberty Stadium on crutches last month as Man United lost 2-1, and was initially only ruled for a couple weeks but Van Gaal has revealed that a return to the team isn’t imminent.
In his absence, Wayne Rooney has assumed a central role with Van Gaal now shifting to a 4-2-3-1 formation which suggest that the former Arsenal man will find it difficult to return to the team.
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“He is still with the medical department and needs to take the step to the technical department,” Van Gaal told reporters (via the Express).
“He is always training but the medical department is also sports science so he is training inside, not outside on the pitch.
“Even when he is on the pitch, he is with the medical department. He will then take the step to the technical department and then we have a process when he comes into our selection and trains.”
Along with the aforementioned encounters, Man United face Chelsea, Man City and Everton over the next six games and failure to get maximum points from those fixtures may leave their top four hopes in serious danger.