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Toe injury set to sideline Van Persie

Created on Oct. 09, 2013 12:28 PM EST

Robin van Persie is a major doubt for Netherlands' FIFA World Cup qualifying clash with Hungary on Friday due to a toe injury.

The striker has revealed that he damaged his big toe while playing for Manchester United in the UEFA Champions League last week, and he was missing from training with the national team on Wednesday ahead of the game in Amsterdam.

Van Persie played with the injury during United's 2-1 Premier League win over Sunderland on Saturday, but may be forced to sit out against Hungary.

The Netherlands have already qualified for Brazil 2014 - thanks to two goals from Van Persie against Andorra in their previous qualifier - so coach Louis van Gaal is unlikely to be bothered about his star forward missing the match.

Van Persie will remain with the squad rather than returning to Manchester and he hopes to be involved in their final qualification match in Turkey on Tuesday.

"Last week I got a huge kick on my toe during the match against Shakhtar Donetsk," he said. "I really thought my toe was broken but fortunately found that after a scan is not the case.

"I have played on Saturday, but my injury is not improved. So I cannot get away from it.

"We will review the situation in the run-up to the match against Turkey."

Van Persie is joint-leading scorer in European qualification with eight goals in seven matches during the campaign.

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