Premier League - Manchester United suffer blow as Van Persie out for month

Manchester United striker Robin van Persie has been ruled out for a month with a thigh injury.

Van Persie suffered the injury during the 1-0 Champions League win over Shakhtar Donetsk on Tuesday.

"It's unfortunate," said manager David Moyes. "Our record is good with Wayne Rooney and Robin in the team.

"We've not had them for quite a period recently."

The Netherlands striker, 30, has scored seven goals in 11 Premier League matches this season and his absence comes as a huge blow to struggling boss Moyes, whose side lie ninth in the Premier League after a poor start to the campaign.

Van Persie is expected to miss at least eight matches, with the home clash with Tottenham Hotspur and the League Cup quarter-final against Stoke City the stand-out fixtures.

The biggest blow could come if the rehabiliation takes any longer than originally expected: United face a crunch tie at Chelsea on January 19, and Moyes will be desperately hoping that his top striker is fit in time for that game.

After a successful but initially injury-prone spell at Arsenal, Van Persie appeared to have found full fitness before joining United in the summer of 2012.

He went on to score 26 Premier League goals after featuring in every match last season, helping United win the title.

Which matches will Van Persie miss?

Definite:

15 December: Aston Villa v Manchester United - Premier League

18 December: Stoke City v Manchester United  - League Cup

21 December: Manchester United v West Ham United - Premier League

26 December: Hull City v Manchester United - Premier League

28 December: Norwich City v Manchester United - Premier League

1 January:  Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur - Premier League

Very probable:

5 January:  Manchester United v Swansea City - FA Cup

11 January: Manchester United v Swansea City - Premier League

Possible:

19 January:  Chelsea v Manchester United - Premier League

28 January: Manchester United v Cardiff City - Premier League