Van Persie's recovering from ankle surgery

BY foxsports • December 22, 2009

Robin van Persie's recovery from right ankle surgery is going well and doctors have told Arsenal officials that the striker's career is not in jeopardy.

Van Persie was injured in a tackle during a friendly while playing for the Netherlands last month, damaging ligaments in his ankle.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said Tuesday that there has been no infection since the surgery.

"When you have such a big surgery, the opinion of the surgeon is important," Wenger said. "Will he be the player he was before? We had a clear answer: yes."

Wenger said if the recovery goes extremely well, Van Persie could be back in April. But the manager acknowledged that May was a more likely scenario.

"At the moment, he can't do anything. He's just sitting at home and waiting to work again," Wenger said. "It's virtually the rest of the season. I haven't personally said that to Robin. Hopefully, we'll have a good surprise."

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