Robin van Persie
Van Persie is expected to be fit for Netherlands despite training away from the main group. Getty Images/OLAF KRAAK

Manchester United forward Robin van Persie should be fit for the Netherlands' European Championship qualifier against Kazakhstan despite being withdrawn from full training ahead of the game on Friday.

The 31-year-old, who has been suffering with knee problems this season, trained with Arjen Robben away from the main group as a precaution ahead of the qualifying double-header.

United have confirmed Van Persie is undergoing an individual training plan at the country's Katwijk training base to ensure he is fit for both qualifiers, against Kazakhtan on Friday and Iceland on Monday.

Van Persie has scored just twice in six Premier League starts this season and faces increased competition for places this term in the wake of Radamel Falcao's arrival on loan from Monaco.

Netherlands are looking to bounce back from defeat to Czech Republic in their last qualifier and Van Persie is eager to return to winning ways.

"We really need to win," Van Persie said. "We are now in this situation, and everyone is well aware that the game should be won.

"If you look around you in football, then almost anyone from anywhere can win or lose. It's not as easy as it is often written. This is a fact that we have seen in the Czech Republic."

Louis van Gaal, the former Netherlands coach, will likely breathe a huge sigh of relief that Van Persie's fitness is being managed after Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge picked up a long-term thigh injury after playing for England against Norway last month.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers criticised England's medical officials for not properly overseeing Sturridge's fitness, which saw him take part in full training after playing 89 minutes in the international two days earlier.

United are braced for further injury troubles during an international break in which 12 first-team players are in action in qualifiers and friendlies across the globe.

Van Gaal is already without eight players due to injury, the latest victim being Paddy McNair who is out for three weeks with a hamstring blow, and the club can ill afford further problems in their continued attempts to qualify for the Champions League.