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Fenerbahçe play down Robin van Persie eye injury fears

Robin van Persie, pictured against Manchester Utd last month. Credit: Reuters

Fenerbahçe have played down the eye injury sustained by former Manchester Utd and Arsenal striker Robin van Persie.

Van Persie, 33, scored the opening goal in a 3-1 Super Lig win over Akhisar on Sunday, but was stretchered off after just 37 minutes with what appeared to be a serious eye injury.

Television pictures showed blood coming from his heavily bandaged left eye, leaving spectators and pundits fearing the worst.

However club doctor Burak Kunduraciogl said the injury was less serious than initially thought.

"He received a blow to the eye and suffered a torn eyelid and bleeding. After the first intervention, we sent an ophthalmologist to the hospital to assess him.

"After the investigations we learned that nothing important happened. His condition is good."

Van Persie later released a statement to confirm everything was fine with his eye.