We may have to say goodbye to a modern great.
Robin van Persie’s career is in major doubt after the veteran forward tore his cruciate knee ligaments while on international duty with the Netherlands.
The 34-year-old was left in agony when he picked up the injury in training the day after he limped off during his side’s World Cup qualifying defeat to France last Thursday.
The former Man United and Arsenal forward could be sidelined for up to a year with his latest setback.
Van Persie had returned to the international side for the first time in two years to face Euro 2016 finalists France but limped off with a niggle.
Now in the twilight of his career, such a devastating injury with a long layoff time could mean the end of his playing days.
Van Persie is Netherlands’ all-time record scorer with 50 goals from 101 caps.
He scored 132 in 277 games for Arsenal before famously firing United to their 20th Premier League crown in 2012/13 with 26 league goals in the season.
His post-Prem career in Turkey with Fenerbahce has been interrupted by injury at regular intervals and this sadly may be one too many to recover from.
We hope to see you back, Robin, but if this is the end then congratulations on a wonderful career.
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