Young sidelined as Rooney nears return
Ashley Young is facing up to three weeks on the sidelines
Ashley Young is set to be unavailable for Manchester United and England until mid-October with a knee injury, but there is better news for club and country on Wayne Rooney.
United manager Sir Alex Ferguson revealed on Friday that Young was suffering from bruised cartilage and will be out for two to three weeks, but said Rooney was in line to return from a gashed thigh at some stage next week.
On Young, Ferguson said: "Ashley Young has a bruised cartilage that is going to take two or three weeks more. We're taking our time with that one. You can easily play and train with it but we are not going down that road. We have a lot of experience of these injuries recurring when they come back too quickly."
Young suffered the injury against Fulham last month, and Ferguson's prognosis would keep the United man out until after the next international break, meaning he will miss England's World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Poland.
It was suggested earlier this week that Rooney was set to make a rapid return, either in Wednesday's Champions League tie with Galatasaray or this weekend's encounter with Liverpool at Anfield.
Rooney was not involved in midweek and Ferguson has confirmed Sunday is not a possibility either.
However, with a Capital One Cup tie against Newcastle looming on Wednesday, followed by an eye-catching Old Trafford meeting with Tottenham next Saturday, Rooney's absence will not continue for too much longer.
"I know there were reports about Rooney being a possible, but that is not the case," said Ferguson.
"He is not far away. He's doing a lot of great training and has been working hard.
"It's just a matter of getting him into the full football training side of things which he has done part of. I think he may be fine for next week."
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Manchester Blue- you are just showing that Man City have no class. The club AND the fans have a complete lack of it. On the week when Manchester United and Liverpool, the biggest and most poisonous rivalry in football, agreed to lay down arms in remembrance of tragdies that affected both clubs, (Hillsbrough in particular as its the anniversary) here you are, a City fan, referring to United fans as Munichs. And you wonder why City fans are fast becoming the most hated in the world. Please dont mistake my comment as biased as believe me, I call it how I see it. No class or respect whatsoever!
Rooney may be good for his club, but an England player he is Not, too much hype and when it matters he has little to offer.
Why do people insist that the likes of rooney and co deserve their england places the way they have worked in the past all they deserve is the sack and start with a complete new squad who are coming into form not going over the hill.
I say worked as on the money they get none of them are players.
Yes, no matter about the diving. Man U are allowed as the Referee and FA gives them full support and backing. Personally I don't mind which one turns out for Man U. AS long as niether turn up for England.
What is a "bruised cartilage" anyway?