And Van Persie, 24, admits that fear has turned into a massive motivation for him.
He said: "I'm playing every game as if it was my last. I am treating training the same way. That is my mentality after my injury. My attitude is now - make this your best match. Then if something happens to me then I can leave the field knowing I put on a good performance.
"I was injured in a fraction of a second and at that moment I was playing the best football of my life.
"I was out for six months and that got me thinking."