Placenta forward: Van Persie tries bizarre injury treatment

ARSENAL forward Robin van Persie is pinning his hopes of a quick recovery from injury on an unusual treatment &ndash; involving a placenta.<br /><br />Van Persie will have fluid from a placenta rubbed on his ankle, following a recommendation from PSV Eindhoven midfielder Danko Lazovic.<br /><br />The Holland international, who has been in irresistible form for the Gunners, tore ligaments during Saturday&rsquo;s friendly against Italy.<br /><br />Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger expects to be without Van Persie for six weeks, and the 26-year-old admits he is willing to try the unorthodox treatment in a bid to return more quickly.<br /><br />&ldquo;I will fly to the Balkans to meet with a female doctor who helped Danko Lazovic,&rdquo; he explained. &ldquo;She is vague about her methods but I know she massages you using fluid from a placenta.<br /><br />&ldquo;I am going to try. It cannot hurt and, if it helps, it helps. I have been in contact with Arsenal physiotherapists and they have let me do it.&rdquo;<br /><br />Van Persie, who has been troubled by a litany of injuries during his five years in north London, admitted he was lucky to avoid breaking his ankle in the challenge from Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini.<br /><br />&ldquo;A scan showed that my ankle ligament was almost completely torn off where Chiellini caught me but it was not intentional,&rdquo; he added. &ldquo;I was lucky, it could be worse.&rdquo;<br /><br />The former Feyenoord player has revelled in his role as the attacking spearhead of Wenger&rsquo;s revamped 4-3-3 formation. He has netted eight times already this season, with all of the goals coming in his last 11 games.<br /><br />Croatia forward Eduardo is likely to take Van Persie&rsquo;s place for a run of games that includes the visit of Premier League leaders Chelsea in 12 days&rsquo; time, and the trip to Liverpool next month.