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Van Persie hopes to face Madrid
Robin van Persie will not face Norwich City at Old Trafford this weekend, but Manchester United expect the £22 million forward to overcome a hip injury before the Champions League clash with Real Madrid on March 5. Van Persie, who has scored 23 goals in 34 games for Manchester United since arriving from Arsenal last August, suffered severe bruising to his hip when he fell into a pitchside camera pit during Saturday’s 2-0 victory at Queens Park Rangers. “Robin collided with a camera, which was in a dug-out piece of ground,” Sir Alex Ferguson said. “He hit the base of it and has a very bruised hip.” The 29-year-old was able to continue for 18 minutes before being replaced by Danny Welbeck, but despite optimism that he will be fit to face Real, Ferguson will not risk Van Persie against Norwich City. With the Dutchman receiving treatment in recent weeks, including the wearing of Kinesio tape during games, to protect a long-standing hamstring issue, the United manager had already identified the Norwich fixture as one in which Van Persie would be rested ahead of the round of 16, second leg against Real.
Rafael has described Ryan Giggs as “boring” after the Welshman scored during a 2-0 win over QPR on Saturday. The Sun quotes the Brazilian: “It is getting boring. He is an unbelievable player. Every game you see him, he works hard, scores, makes assists. He is the same in training, he just loves to play the game. He is one of the top players that I have played with. He gives us experience, confidence, and when you are feeling bad he comes and helps you, especially young players.”
Elsewhere, many of today’s papers include news of David Beckham’s debut for PSG after the former United star came off the bench to set up Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s winner against Marseille.