By Chris Harris

Robin van Persie is doing as well as can be expected in his recovery from ankle surgery.

That's the verdict of Arsène Wenger, who has been without the Dutch forward since he suffered ligament damage during an international friendly against Italy in November.

Wenger predicted last month that Van Persie would be out for "virtually the rest of the season". That is still the case even though the 26-year-old is making steady progress in his rehabilitation.

"He has come back [to the training ground] and is doing as well as you can at that stage," said Wenger after the Bolton game.

"He is out of his boot and walks normally but he thinks he will be playing mid-April."

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