Manchester United striker Robin van Persie will miss Saturday’s Premier League match against Sunderland with an ankle injury that could hand out-of-sorts forward Radamel Falcao another opportunity to prove his worth at Old Trafford.
Van Persie damaged ligaments during United’s 2-1 defeat by Swansea City last weekend and left the Liberty Stadium on crutches with his right foot in a protective boot.
“It is an ankle problem. I do not think it is very heavy but ankle problems can take a long time,” manager Louis Van Gaal told a news conference on Friday. “It is not one or two weeks.”
Dutch striker Van Persie has struggled for fitness and form this season, scoring 10 goals in 24 appearances, and could be replaced by Falcao.
However, the Colombian, who joined United on a season-long loan from AS Monaco for 6 million pounds ($9.27 million), has failed to live up to expectations, scoring just four goals in 19 appearances.