Dutch striker Robin van Persie is set to miss Manchester United’s opening Premier League match against Swansea City after being given an extended break after the World Cup.
Van Persie, 30, did not travel with United on their pre-season tour of the United States, and will not appear in the final friendly against Valencia at Old Trafford on August 12, four days before their first league match.
Manager Louis van Gaal said his compatriot would resume training on Monday and, having missed much of last season through injury, would not be rushed back into the team before he reached full fitness.
“When a player has been on holiday for three weeks they have to train,” van Gaal was reported as saying by British media.
“I’m sorry but players have to train and Robin needs a full training regime behind him before he can play again. People can criticise me for my decision but I know what to do with players who have had three weeks’ holiday.
“Hopefully, Robin will get his fitness back very fast but, for now, he won’t play. Robin wants to play every game, I know that, but so do the other 30 players in the squad.”
Customs suspends sale of seized food items after 7 Nigerians die in Lagos stampede
“I don’t use toys, I have guys I call whenever I want to have sex and they will rush to my house” – Phyna says
“See person wey God call” – Lady leaks voicenote she received from pastor after giving him her number (Watch)
NLC begins nationwide protest today as TUC asks Tinubu’s government to import essential food items
Woman who was abandoned by her mother over her rare genetic condition shares heartbreak after son became brain damaged at 18 months old
Peter Obi condemns crackdown on BDC operators, says Tinubu’s government lacks ‘rational economic thinking’
DNA Saga: “My husband never questioned the paternity of our son when he was alive” — Late Mohbad wife Wunmi Lament
“Unbelievable talent” – Young boy stuns many as he builds hotel and mansion prototypes from cardboard (Watch)
Celebrity Gossip & Gist22 hours ago
Reactions as Don Jazzy SELLS OFF Mavin Records
Economy2 days ago
JUST IN: Tinubu holds crucial meeting with Dangote, Elumelu and others in Abuja
Celebrity Gossip & Gist1 day ago
Kunle Afolayan blasted over dance moves with daughter, Eyitemi (Watch)
News1 day ago
Bandits kill Abuja resident after receiving N23m ransom