Robin van Persie Dismisses Injury Concerns

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  • Netherlands striker Robin van Persie shunned concerns that he may not be fit enough for the side's opening World Cup game against Spain on 13 June.

    The 30-year-old striker was taken off at half-time during a 2-0 friendly win over Wales for 'precautionary' reasons, later dismissing speculation that it was because of a groin injury.

    "I wouldn't call it an injury. It built up during the game so I decided it was sensible to come off", said van Persie, who scored in his country's previous two friendies against Ecuador and Ghana.

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    Van Persie was out of action for six weeks last season with a knee injury, still ending with 18 goals in his 28 showings for Manchester United in 2013/14.

    The Netherlands claimed a comfortable victory over Wales in their most recent friendly, a first half goal by Arjen Robben and another by substitute Jeremain Lens later in the game wrapping up to match for the Dutch.

    Manager Louis van Gaal - who will join van Persie at Manchester United following the World Cup - said: "He has a little injury and I think it is better that you don't risk a bigger injury playing the second half.

    "I think he made the right decision. It is not an important match. You don't have to risk it."

    The Netherlands finished runners-up in the 2010 World Cup, and will face champions Spain on 13 June in their first game of the 2014 tournament.

    The Dutch and Spanish sides will meet in Group B alongside Chile and Australia, and you can compare the World Cup betting odds of all four teams here.

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