It is understood the Dutchman picked up a mild groin strain in the inspiring come from behind win against Tottenham at the weekend and aggravated the injury in training with his national side.
Multiple sources, including the Daily Mail, the Mirror and Goal.com, report the current Premier League top-scorer withdrew from training 10 minutes early and was in visible discomfort.
It is claimed that Van Persie’s withdrawal was purely precautionary, but Dutch manager Bert van Marwijk is still hopeful the front-man will still get some playing time, a move sure to anger Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.
Bert van Marwijk said on Van Persie’s possible inclusion:
I am optimistic that he will play. We will have to wait and but I don’t think it’s too serious,
Surely as the tie is a friendly, if there is any doubt over the fitness of Van Persie the front-man will sit the clash out. Losing Van Persie would be a huge blow for Arsenal going into the back-end of the season and with lackluster replacements it would only compound the misery for the gunners. We don’t want a repeat of Van Persie’s injury against Italy which resulted in a long-term lay-off!