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Van Persie's six years of pain

ESPN staff
June 9, 2014
Robin van Persie comes clean on injury problems

Robin van Persie claims he has been playing in pain for the past six years after admitting to a new groin injury.

He was withdrawn from the Netherlands' friendly against Wales at half-time last week as a precaution and says the tightness he felt then was nothing new.

"I've been playing in pain for the last five or six years; every single game," Van Persie told a press conference. "I can't really think of one game where I didn't have a niggle or pain somewhere.

'I'm used to that. I know, together with the team and with the medical staff, how to deal with that. I'm the one who looks at that and manages that."

Van Persie, the Manchester United and former Arsenal striker, missed six weeks towards the end of last season with a knee injury and there was speculation he was not prepared to risk his fitness for former manager David Moyes - a claim that was denied.

However, Van Persie, who has managed more than 250 appearances since moving to England in 2004, insists the latest problem is not serious. "You can't really even call it an injury," he said.

Robin van Persie says he knows how much pain his body can withstand © Getty Images
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