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Van Gaal allays Van Persie fears

12 September 2012 02:55

Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal has played down injury concerns surrounding star striker Robin van Persie.

Van Persie took two knees to the thigh in a challenge with Hungary defender Roland Juhasz and was replaced by Klaas-Jan Huntelaar during the interval of Tuesday's World Cup qualifier, won by the Dutch 4-1.

The extent of the Dutchman's injury has not yet been confirmed, but Van Gaal said his substitution was a precaution.

Van Gaal told SBS6: "We took off Robin for precautionary measures.

"It doesn't seem to be too serious, but you never know. We didn't want to take any risks."

The 29-year-old Van Persie has netted four goals in three games for Manchester United following his transfer from Arsenal last month.

Van Persie also scored in Netherlands' 2-0 World Cup qualifying victory against Turkey on Friday.

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