In Fenerbache’s most recent match against Akhisar Belediyespor, former Arsenal forward Robin van Persie sustained a gruesome injury to his left eye. After a collision with a defensive player, Sky Sports reported that Van Persie
“was carried off on a stretcher after 37 minutes, having taken a blow to the eye in a seemingly innocuous collision with an opponent.”
Images of van Persie as he waited for an ambulance to take him to a hospital showed a large amount of gauze covering his left eye. Combined with reports that emerged immediately after the conclusion of the match, some people believed the severity of the injury may result in Van Persie permanently losing sight in his injured eye.
Yesterday on Facebook van Persie told his supporters on Facebook that the injury wasn’t as bad as it originally appeared.
The health of van Persie is a now a pressing concern for Fenerbache. The fact that there was no damage to van Persie’s sight is great news. However, this injury will require surgery so van Persie will likely have to miss a few games. Currently fifth in the Turkish Süper Lig, Fenerbache’s next fixture is against their rival in Istanbul, Galatasaray S.K. A victory would give them twenty-one points for this campaign, good enough for third in the table behind Istanbul BB and Besiktas. Having van Persie available would increase the likelihood of a positive result against Galatasaray and in their upcoming matches.
Robin van Persie has scored seventeen goals for Fenerbache in thirty-five appearances over two seasons. Hopefully he will be able to return to return to the pitch soon as Fenerbache looks to continue its resurgence in the top flight in Turkey.