Ex Man Utd star unlikely to start for Fenerbahce in Champions League clash

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Fenerbahçe striker Robin van Persie is unlikely to start in the Champions League play-off second-leg tie against Shakhtar Donetsk.

The 31-year-old is not expected to be 100 percent match fit by game time but still has a chance at making the starting lineup.

The former Manchester United striker made his debut against Shakhtar in the goalless draw last week coming on as a substitute on 68 minutes.


Fenerbahçe are expected to be without midfielder Mehmet Topal and full-back Gökhan Gönül going into the game according to the Milliyet.

Gönül picked up an injury during the warmup before the first-leg of the play-off tie against Shakhtar and left-back Hasan Ali Kaldırım was forced to fill in as a last minute replacement.

Şener Özbayraklı is expected to be available for the return-leg. The Turkish international right-back joined Fenerbahçe from Bursaspor of the summer transfer window.

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