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Van Persie return 'not too far away'

ESPN staff
December 31, 2013
Robin van Persie has missed the last five games with a thigh injury © Getty Images

Manchester United striker Robin van Persie is back in training and is "not too far away" from making his comeback for the Premier League champions.

Van Persie, 30, was United's top scorer last season but has missed their last five games with a thigh injury.

It is the second spell he has spent on the sidelines already this season, but manager David Moyes believes he could be back soon.

And Moyes is looking forward to reuniting Van Persie with Wayne Rooney in attack, as he missed Saturday's 1-0 win at Norwich with a groin problem, is set to return against Tottenham on Wednesday.

Moyes said: "Robin has started some light training, and he might not be too far away either. We haven't often had them as a strike partnership, so I look forward to getting them back together."

Van Persie has scored 10 goals for United this season, the last of them in the 1-0 win over his former club Arsenal on November 10 and last featured in the 1-0 victory over Shakhtar Donetsk.

However, United have won the five games he has sat out since then, while his deputy, Danny Welbeck, has scored four times in as many league matches.

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