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Dutch striker Robin van Persie picked up a thigh strain during Netherlands' 4-1 triumph against Hungary on Tuesday night, and was substituted at half-time to prevent further injury.
The new Manchester United striker has enjoyed a stellar start to his career as a Red Devil, scoring 4 goals in the last two games, including a match winning hat-trick against Southampton last weekend. However, given the player's poor injury record over the years was considered a bit of a risky buy by Sir Alex Ferguson this summer.
Netherlands' coach Luis van Gaal described Van Persie's half-time substitution as precautionary, but United are unlikely to risk the player in this weekend's game against Wigan, especially considering they are going to be without the services of talismanic striker Wayne Rooney for over a month. Rooney was stretchered off last month in a game against Fulham, having picked up a massive gash in his thigh from a challenge with striker Hugo Rodallega.
With the UEFA Champions League kicking-off next week, United are probably going to give Van Persie an extra few days to recover. With this weekend's game against Wigan Athletic being played at home, United will probably line-up in a 4-4-2 formation with Danny Welbeck and Javier Hernandez getting the nod up front, this after Shinji Kagawa also picked up an injury while on international duty for Japan.
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