Robin van Persie to play against England despite injury scare

Van Persie to risk groin injury against England despite scare in Holland training session

Robin van Persie is set to play against England at Wembley at Wednesday night despite a worrying injury scare.

The Arsenal captain failed to complete Holland's training session on Tuesday due to a groin problem and walked off the Wembley pitch for the final 15 minutes.

Van Persie was in visible discomfort before coming off, missing an eight-a-side training match.

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Not again: A crestfallen Robin van Persie leaves the Wembley pitch

Not again: A crestfallen Robin van Persie leaves the Wembley pitch

Sportsmail was told on Tuesday night that Van Persie made the decision to come off after feeling pain in his groin.

Van Persie went into the
session carrying a 'very mild' groin problem from Sunday's win over
Tottenham, though it was not deemed serious enough to keep him out of
meeting up with the Dutch squad.

Discomfort: Van Persie shares a smile with Arjen Robben

Discomfort: Van Persie shares a smile with Arjen Robben

Arsenal sources insist Van Persie's decision to make an early withdrawal from training was purely precautionary.

And there now appears to be no doubts over his participation in the Gunners' clash against Liverpool on Saturday.

History: Van Persie suffered an ankle injury playing for his country against Italy in 2009

History: Van Persie suffered an ankle injury playing for his country against Italy in 2009

Arsene Wenger would be keen for his striker to sit out the friendly to ensure he does not risk aggravating the injury further. But Dutch boss Bert van Marwijk is ready to anger the Gunners manager by opting to playing the striker.

Close attention: Van Marwijk watches Van Persie at Wembley

Close attention: Van Marwijk watches Van Persie at Wembley

'I am optimistic that he will play. We will have to wait and but I don't think it's too serious,' said Van Marwijk.

The Holland manager knows he will be risking Wenger's wrath by taking any sort of fitness risk with his talismanic striker.

Wenger is already an outspoken critic
of the number of FIFA's international calendar, particularly with
regards to the number of friendly matches.

The Gunners manager has already had a number of run-ins with the Dutch FA over their use of Van Persie.

Speaking in 2010, former Holland
manager Dick Advocaat said: ‘He is always moaning about something.

'Mr
Wenger wants to become the champion of England; I want my team to
qualify from the Euro 2012 group. We need to respect the interests of
each other.’

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