I posted this earlier as part of the blog I wrote posing the question ‘Is Robin van Persie worth £10m per year‘ and people seemed to be more interested in the injury list which was included at the bottom so I thought it perhaps deserved a post on its own with some extra information. We are, of course, all aware that Robin missed large parts of his Arsenal career through injury, but just how many injuries did he have? Let’s look at this below, and below the text you will find the table which lists all of his injuries.
I really can’t wait for the season to start so that we can talk about something else.
Robin van Persie joined Arsenal in 2004 for a fee of £2.75m. Feyenoord originally wanted £5m but, well, Wenger did his thing. Since then he has played a total of 278 games for Arsenal (211 starts and 67 substitute appearances), an average of 26 starts per season.
2004-05: Debut season cut short by and ankle injury in February after also spending time out with two sprained ankles (not at the same time).
2005-06: Suffered a knee injury, and two more ankle injuries. Arsenal fans are starting to realise why the Dutch fans refer to him as ‘glass ankles.’
2006-07: Just to mix things up a bit Robin suffered a hip injury followed by a metatarsal fracture then another knee injury before suffering a thigh muscle strain.
2007-08: Managed to make it January before injury set in and then suffered three thigh muscle strains in quick succession.
2008-09: An ankle injury started the season off followed by a hamstring injury and a couple of groin strains to end the season.
2009-10: A knee injury arrived in September followed by a sprained ankle. This was the season he tried to use horse placenta to cure what turned out to be torn ligaments and missed five months of the campaign only to return in April to feature in the last few games.
2010-11: Another early ankle injury suffered in August kept him out until November. He caught flu in February as well as pulling a hamstring and then injuring his knee.
2011-2012: Robin’s most injury-free season since he signed for Arsenal, he picked up the obligatory ankle injury in August then had an injury free run until he picked up a little groin strain in February.
He’s been fit ever since which is remarkable. Robin’s full injury record below courtesy of Physio Room:
|Groin Strain||2012 February 29th|
|Ankle/Foot Injury||2011 August 7th|
|Knee Injury||2011 February 28th|
|Hamstring Injury||2011 February 22nd|
|Flu||2011 February 8th|
|Ankle/Foot Injury||2010 August 28th|
|Ankle/Foot Injury||2010 June 1st|
|Sprained Ankle||2009 November 14th|
|Knee Injury||2009 September 13th|
|Groin Strain||2009 April 18th|
|Groin Strain||2009 March 30th|
|Hamstring Injury||2008 October 6th|
|Ankle/Foot Injury||2008 August 31st|
|Thigh Muscle Strain||2008 May 2nd|
|Thigh Muscle Strain||2008 April 4th|
|Thigh Muscle Strain||2008 January 11th|
|Thigh Muscle Strain||2007 December 24th|
|Knee Injury||2007 October 18th|
|Metatarsal Fracture||2007 January 22nd|
|Ankle/Foot Injury||2006 November 19th|
|Hip/Thigh Injury||2006 September 14th|
|Ankle/Foot Injury||2006 February 10th|
|Ankle/Foot Injury||2005 December 22nd|
|Knee Injury||2005 October 17th|
|Ankle/Foot Injury||2005 February 5th|
|Sprained Ankle||2004 November 26th|
|Sprained Ankle||2004 August 27th|