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Man Utd striker van Persie to miss Premier League opener

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By Stephen Donovan

Monday 04 August 2014

Manchester United striker Robin van Persie will miss his side’s opening Premier League match against Swansea City, Sky Sports has reported.

Robin van Persie

The 30-year-old has been on holiday since helping the Netherlands to third place at the World Cup in Brazil, and returns to training on Monday, having not figured in Man Utd’s pre-season tour of the United States. He will also miss the club’s final friendly of the summer against Valencia.

And manager Louis van Gaal has taken the decision that van Persie will not face the Swans in the first game of the new Premier League season on August 16. Explaining his decision, he said: "Robin will begin training on Monday but he won't play against Valencia, definitely not. He won't play in the Premier League either. When a player has been on holiday for three weeks they have to train.

"I'm sorry but players have to train and Robin needs a full training regime behind him before he can play again. People can criticise me for my decision but I know what to do with players who have had three weeks' holiday.

"Hopefully, Robin will get his fitness back very fast but, for now, he won't play. Robin wants to play every game, I know that, but so do the other 30 players in the squad."

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