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Holland coach predicts van Persie return by early April

Holland coach Bert van Marwijk claims Robin van Persie could be back in action at the start of April. Arsenal believe the 26-year-old will be back at the end of April, rather than the start of that month, and only if everything in his rehabilitation goes to plan following an ankle injury in November.

"I spoke to him on the phone last week and he is improving all the time and feeling better," Van Marwijk said. "You can hear it in his voice that he feels he is improving.

"I hope that he will play at the beginning of April and he feels this is maybe possible."

Arsenal physios are set to travel to Holland in the coming weeks to check on Van Persie's progress.

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