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Van Persie declares himself fit to face Man City

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Van Persie has scored 10 Premier League goals this season
Van Persie has scored 10 Premier League goals this season

Manchester United striker Robin van Persie has declared he is fit to return to action in Sunday's derby game against Manchester City, which hands boss Louis van Gaal an intriguing selection dilemma.

Van Persie has not played a first team game since he limped out of the 2-1 defeat at Swansea in February, with United going on a five game Premier League winning run in his absence. 

Van Gaal had suggested he feared Van Persie would not be fit to return in time to face City, but the 31-year-old marksman has declared he is ready to play on his Twitter account.

Van Persie's return adds to the options open to Van Gaal this weekend, it seems likely that the striker will start the game on the bench as Van Gaal will be reluctant to change a winning team.

Meanwhile, it has been confirmed that Mark Clattenburg will referee the game at Old Trafford this weekend, with the official having already sent off three players from both United and City so far this season.