25/10/2013 14:00, Report by Mark Froggatt
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Van Persie should face Stoke

David Moyes says Robin van Persie should feature during Manchester United’s Barclays Premier League meeting with Stoke City at Old Trafford on Saturday. 

The Dutchman was omitted from Wednesday’s 1-0 win over Real Sociedad, allowing him to rest a couple of niggling injuries that were sustained earlier in the season. As a result, the manager is confident of recalling the talismanic striker against the Potters.

However, the boss does not expect to field Danny Welbeck or Tom Cleverley, who are still struggling with injuries. "Robin has a good chance. He's had problems with his toes and a little bit with his groin as well, but I think he should be OK. He’s had a little bit of training as well.

"He had his injuries before he went on international duty and had been taking injections in his toes. We thought, after Holland qualified, that he wouldn't play in the second game but he did [for the first half in Turkey].

"I said to him if he played against Southampton, we'd try to leave him out against Sociedad to see if it could help his toes and make him a bit better. We did do that and it worked out fine that we got a good result without him."

England duo Welbeck and Cleverley remain major doubts for the visit of the Potters with Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand making progress in their bid to return to the fray.

"Everybody’s improving and the only one who’s a doubt at the moment is Danny Welbeck, who has some fluid on his knee," added the manager. "Tom Cleverley is still recovering from his calf [injury] but, overall, we're pretty strong."

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