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Last Updated: Friday, 30 March 2007, 09:03 GMT 10:03 UK
Van Persie set to sit out season
Robin van Persie
Van Persie has scored 11 goals in the Premiership
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says striker Robin van Persie is likely to miss the rest of the season.

The 23-year-old injured the fifth metatarsal in his right foot after scoring the equaliser in the 2-1 win over Manchester United in January.

Persie, who is the club's leading scorer with 13 goals, was initially expected to return before the end of the current campaign.

"It is likely he will be out for the season," Wenger told Arsenal TV.

"The end of April now looks optimistic.

"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.

"If he can play only one or two games then we will not take a gamble."

The Gunners are already without Thierry Henry for the season because of groin and stomach injuries.

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