Dutch Forward Robin Van Persie Admits Playing Through Pain Barrier for Six Years

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Manchester United striker tells of injury woe.

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Manchester United striker Robin van Persie has admitted to suffering from injuries so regularly that he has played with constant pain for the last six years, reports ESPN.

Although the Dutch forward is well-known to struggle with injuries, it had appeared that he was over the worst of his troubles. The 30-year-old made 38 Premier League appearances in both his last season with Arsenal and his first with Manchester United from 2011-2013.

However, it appears that even when “fit” Van Persie was never in the rudest of health and had to constantly deal with pain of some nature.

The Dutchman told a press conference: “I’ve been playing in pain for the last five or six years; every single game. I can’t really think of one game where I didn’t have a niggle or pain somewhere.

“I’m used to that. I know, together with the team and with the medical staff, how to deal with that. I’m the one who looks at that and manages that.”

Van Persie has recently been struggling with a knee injury, an issue which saw him have an extremely disjointed end to last season. Such is his experience of medical problems though, he said: “You can’t really even call it an injury.”

It does appear that RVP’s fitness is at a good level currently, if not entirely pain-free. He has featured from the start in Netherlands’ World Cup warm-up matches against Ecuador, Ghana and Wales, scoring two goals in the process. He will lead out his national team as captain when Netherlands take on Spain in Group B of the World Cup on Friday.

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