And all isn’t well in the camp ahead with Van Persie declaring himself far from happy at boss Vitor Pereira’s decision to start him on the bench for the Bursaspor clash.
The former Manchester United was just one of the club’s big-name recruits in the summer, but the £3.5 million-a-year Holland star has completed just one full game in six outings this season.
He said: “To be honest, I am not very happy at this moment. I was not happy that I started on the bench. I am fully fit, physically very well and able to play for 90 minutes.
“The only right answer I could give was with what I did: helping the team to get the victory.”
Pereira snapped back: “The players can like or not like what I do, but I must take decisions.
“I would play more players if we were allowed to play 22 or 25 players. I am happy with Van Persie’s performance after being brought on to the pitch.