By Richard Clarke
Arsène Wenger has admitted that Robin van Persie is unlikely to play again this season.
Before the international break, the Arsenal manager suggested his Dutch striker could be back for the final few games of the campaign. However it appears his broken metatarsal would benefit from complete rest until pre-season training. So, with little to play for, Wenger believes there is no point in risking Van Persie.
"The end of April now looks optimistic," the manager told Arsenal TV Online on Thursday. "It is likely he will be out for the season.
"We have spoken to the doctors and they told us that the longer you keep this kind of fracture without playing the less chance you have of a recurrence. So if he can play only one or two games then we will not take a gamble."
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