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Robin van Persie is out for up to six weeks and will miss Manchester United’s UEFA Champions League quarter-final with Bayern Munich.
The Dutch striker received a blow to the back of his left knee late in Wednesday’s win over Olympiakos in which his hat-trick enabled David Moyes’ side to overturn a 2-0 first-leg deficit and set up the clash with the holders.
United will be without their top scorer for both legs of the tie and Moyes’ men are already installed as the 6.19 underdogs in the 1×2 betting for the first leg with the draw 4.12 and the Germans 1.48 to win at Old Trafford.
Van Persie was initially ruled out of United’s Premier League trip to West Ham pending a second scan of the knee.
And a statement released by the club on Friday evening read: “Following further investigation, Robin van Persie has a sprained knee, which will keep him out for around four to six weeks.”
Van Persie will miss both legs of the Bayern tie and United’s Premier League games against West Ham, Manchester City, Aston Villa and Newcastle.
Bayern centre back Dante had earlier earmarked van Persie as a potential dangerman to the Germans’ hold on the trophy.
“Van Persie is a world class striker,” he said.
“But we must not be afraid. We’re ready for these two top games. We have to be focused from the first second and allow no chance. The atmosphere is dangerous. They also have many experienced players in the squad, world-class players. We must be careful.”