Arsenal striker Robin Van Persie has flown to Serbia for a novel form of treatment – placenta fluid is to be dripped on his injured ankle. Why is he doing this and will it work?
It is not unusual for sports starts to look for super cures for their injuries.
England footballer Wayne Rooney used an oxygen tent prior to the 2006 World Cup to help him recover from a broken foot and six years ago runner Paula Radcliffe rubbed oil from the belly of an emu to ease injuries sustained in a collision with a cyclist.
But the news that Arsenal striker Robin Van Persie is heading to Serbia to get placenta fluid applied to an ankle injury has astonished many.
The 26-year-old hurt his ankle while playing for the Dutch national side in a match against Italy.
He was left with torn ankle ligaments after a challenge 10 minutes into the contest.
Scans revealed a partial tear would keep him out of action for six weeks.
But a Dutch journalist close to the national squad said he could be back in as little as four weeks if the treatment works.
TV and radio reporter Rob Fleur said a woman who specialises in the treatment had been recommended to Van Persie by former team-mates Dutch midfielder Orlando Engelaar and Serbian forward Danko Lazovic.
They both claim to have had rapid recoveries from similar injuries after travelling to Belgrade to see the specialist. …