Robin van Persie injury

Wenger warns Netherlands over Van Persie injury

October 19, 2010
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Arsene Wenger has warned Bert van Marwijk it would be "an absolute scandal" if Robin van Persie features for Netherlands next month.

Robin van Persie
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Wenger said on Monday that he expected Van Persie to return from his ankle injury by mid-November, and Van Marwijk has outlined his intention to play the striker in the friendly against Turkey on November 17.

"Robin is expected to be back in the national team next month," Van Marwijk has said. "We expect to play him."

However, despite Wenger's belief that Van Persie should be available in three weeks, he feels it would be wrong for the player to represent his country ahead of his Arsenal return.

"I think the Dutch coach has a good sense of humour - there is no chance," Wenger said. "That would be an absolute scandal if he plays in a friendly and not a competition here. He would not be ready.

"The players have to perform for their clubs first. If they are okay for their clubs, they can play for their national teams. You cannot have the reverse."

Bayern Munich have vowed to take action against the Dutch federation after captain Mark van Bommel returned to his club with an injury after the international break. Bayern had warned that he should return to Germany after suffering a knee problem ahead of the qualifier against Sweden.