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Reports had suggested the 31-year-old could be sidelined for several months and was in need of an operation, but the Netherlands striker insists the rumours are false

Manchester United striker Robin van Persie has denied reports claiming he requires surgery to fix a knee injury.

Earlier this week, reports suggested that the 31-year-old could face months on the sidelines after an operation was postponed prior to the Netherlands’ World Cup campaign.

It was also alleged that the season-long loan signing of Radamel Falcao from Monaco was approved by Louis van Gaal due to the extent of Van Persie’s injury, though the Netherlands forward has now rubbished those claims.

"I don't know where these rumours are coming from," Van Persie told FOX Sports.

"I can honestly say that I will not visit a hospital any time soon to undergo surgery. You need quite a lively fantasy to come up with this nonsense."

Van Persie struggled for fitness last season, picking up several injury problems, but still managed to net 12 times in 21 Premier League appearances.

The Dutchman can now expect competition from Falcao, who completed a big-money loan move on deadline day, with the Colombian also enduring an injury-curtailed campaign last term.

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