No quick return for Rooney
Wayne Rooney, bottom left, faces a lengthy lay-off due to injury
Wayne Rooney's hopes of a quick comeback from the nasty wound he sustained during Manchester United's 3-2 win over Fulham on Saturday look certain to be dashed.
Rooney remained in hospital overnight as medical staff assessed the extent of the injury he sustained when Hugo Rodallega landed on him in stoppage time.
Immediately after the game, Sir Alex Ferguson said it was "a very bad one" which would rule his forward out for four weeks. This has been emphasised by the reaction of surgeons who were "surprised" at the depth of the cut.
Rooney returned home on Sunday morning after a comfortable night. However, his chances of figuring in next Sunday's Premier League encounter with Southampton appear non-existent and it seems inevitable he will also miss England's opening World Cup qualifiers against Moldova and Ukraine next month.
Rooney's condition helped deflect attention away from the fact he did not feature in the United starting line-up yesterday, although Ferguson was at pains to stress there are "no problems" with the forward.
Instead of being paired with new signing Robin van Persie, Rooney was left on the bench as Ferguson kept faith with Shinji Kagawa following that dire defeat at Everton on Monday.
Rooney was amongst those to perform well below expectations at Goodison Park and many fans on Saturday immediately hailed Ferguson's decision as the right one.
However, it must have been a blow to the striker's pride if nothing else. And with the transfer window due to close on Friday, there is bound to be some talk of Rooney's future, if only outside the club.
Certainly Ferguson was quick to quell such talk even as Rooney was heading to hospital.
"He and Robin van Persie are needing games," said the Scot. "To start the two of them would have been too much. Wayne understood that. There is no problem. He played his part when he came on."
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Don't care much for Rooney - don't rate him either. Reminds of a kid in the school playgound chasing everything with a right strop on! I think his career will mirror Michael Owen's - it all happened early on and will now fizzle away to mediocrity (which is I what I think he has been recently). Overall not really bothered!
gready premadona. needs to earn his wages after he held the club to ransom to get 200 plus grand a week. much better players out there on less money and do a better job.
A picture in the Mail on Sunday showing Rooney being carted off, i noticed how fat he is for a football player!!
I don't feel at all sorry for this grossly overpaid prima donna. He's over weight, over paid and over here. I think he should watch the paralympics and see the real sports stars in action ..... and they don't even get paid. These are real sports people as were the main olympic athletes !!!!!
It would appear only the gutter press like Rooney, but that is probably due to the fact he is as near the gutter as anybody can feasibly be.
Did you actually see the gash on his leg ? Do you really think he could have played on ? Come on get real.
you lot kill me really, you go on about everything else , and nothing about the actual artical, if you can't even make a comment about the artical then don't send any, your so pathetic, world events, millions dieing, exactly what are you expecting to achieve,
what has any of that got to do with rooney injured again, personally i would sell him as soon as he was fit again, he is injury prone and well frankly he is not as good as he is pumped up to be.