The injury bug just won’t go away. Even when it appears to go away, it hasn’t. Like a silent ninja, the moon, or mold.
Louis van Gaal tempted fate last weekend by declaring he had all his players back and fit, which was just asking for something to go wrong. Which it has.
Striker Robin van Persie, on the wrong side of 30, has picked up an ankle injury in the last match and will miss the club’s upcoming league match with Queens Park Rangers. It would appear the injury is on the lighter side, but it will still cause recurring nightmares for van Gaal.
The 31-year-old striker was substituted after 61 minutes last weekend, replaced by Ander Herrera. He had picked up a yellow card just three minutes prior for a bad tackle, and could have suffered the injury in that event.
It will give Falcao the opportunity to return to the squad after he was rested (dropped?) for their last match, a 1-0 loss to Southampton which featured lots of possession but few – actually no – shots on target. Van Gaal said before the match he was resting Falcao, but after the final whistle he explained that he left Falcao out for matchup reasons.
Despite Falcao’s arrival, van Persie has played in every single Premier League match for Manchester United this season except the season opener. He appeared in the reverse fixture against QPR, a 4-0 win in which he did not score but played the full 90 minutes.