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Van Persie targeting Arsenal return

Soccernet staff
March 23, 2010
Robin van Persie is targeting a return to action from his ankle injury © Getty Images

Robin van Persie is set to step up his comeback from injury as he returns to Arsenal from the Netherlands this week.

Van Persie has not played since November after suffering ankle ligament damage and Arsene Wenger hopes he will be available for selection for the final weeks of the season.

"I think he will be back [with the club] this week," he said on the club's official website. "We sent our fitness coach out to Holland, where Robin has been having his rehabilitation. Physically he looks very sharp but we aim at least to wait a month."

Speaking to Studio Voetbal, Van Persie said: "I am medically fit, but physically I have to gain. Only then can I train with the full group. I'm not there yet but I've left a difficult period behind.

"For a few weeks I've been training with the ball and it looks good. I still hope I can take part in the final phase of the league and hopefully the Champions League. This has been my goal from the beginning.

"My first goal is to play for Arsenal. When I said that a few months ago, I looked crazy, but, as it stands now, that will happen. Only then can I think about the World Cup."

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