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23/02/2013 18:29, Report by Nick Coppack

Van Persie injury concern

Robin van Persie will be assessed by Manchester United's medical staff after limping out of the Reds' 2-0 victory against Queens Park Rangers on Saturday.

The Dutchman crashed into a television camera, situated just beyond the by-line, in the build-up to United's first goal. Encouragingly, he played on for 18 minutes following initial pitchside treatment, but eventually departed just before half-time, replaced by Danny Welbeck.

Sir Alex told MUTV after the game: "He collided with a camera, which was in a dug-out piece of ground. He hit the base of it and has a very bruised hip."

He added on Sky Sports: "I imagine it will be tender and sore for a few days but hopefully he will be all right, especially for the Madrid game [on Tuesday 5 March]."

Van Persie joined his team-mates on the bench at Loftus Road to watch the second half, as United turned the screw and, with 10 minutes to play, added a second goal to secure three valuable points.

The Reds' next test comes against Norwich City on Saturday 2 March, followed by the second leg of the Champions League last 16 tie against Real Madrid on Tuesday 5 March.

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