By Nick Teale

Arsène Wenger says he is not a fan of the novel treatment Robin van Persie is undergoing in Serbia but is happy for the striker to receive it.

The Dutchman suffered ankle ligament damage in an international friendly against Italy on Saturday and has been given a course of treatment that involves placenta fluid being dripped onto his injured ankle.

After the initial scare that Van Persie could be out for the remainder of the season, Wenger was relieved to hear it would only be a six-week layoff and despite his scepticism he has no objections to the treatment.

"I am not a fan," said the Arsenal manager, "but also I am not a doctor.

"I have seen a few bizarre treatments. I could tell you a few stories about the treatments; I have enough to write a book on them.

"But I respect the individual freedom of everybody to be treated how they want to be treated.

"Since I have been in sport, when I have any guy who is injured, their first reflex is to go to their own country to be treated.

"Robin is exactly the same - most of the time he is treated first in Holland, because that is where he feels the most comfortable.
"They had told me he could be out for the rest of the season. But it did not need surgery; the positive news we had is that he will be out for four to six weeks. We count six because we are a bit pessimistic."

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20 Nov 2009