Injury rules Wayne Rooney out of Manchester United’s West Ham and Liverpool clashes – Nani back in training

By Dean Wilkins

Wayne Rooney is bracing himself for a two-week stint on the sidelines after failing to recover from injury, Manchester United’s Sir Alex Ferguson revealed today.

The 27-year-old striker suffered a knee injury during December’s 1-1 draw with Swansea and was expected to only be out for a fortnight.

However, despite the Scotsman utilising his chance to rotate his squad for their FA Cup trip to West Ham tomorrow, Rooney will not be fit in time for the following Sunday’s home clash with Liverpool.

“Wayne’s still injured, and it looks like going to be out another two weeks or so,” said Sir Alex.

“It’s a surprise as he was meant to be back training now. So he’ll be out for longer than we thought and I don’t think he will be fit for the Liverpool match. 

“The injury is nothing serious. He just got clipped behind his knee. Nothing shows in the scan but he’s still feeling it. Hopefully in two weeks it’ll be sorted but nonetheless it’s a loss.”

The loss of the England talisman for tomorrow’s tie may be softened by the news that Nani is expected to be in training today, while Darren Fletcher – who has not played since December 1 – could find West Ham’s pitch a tricky surface to play on.

“The ground has been really heavy recently and I don’t think the pitches have suited him. I’ve explained that to him,” Sir Alex added.

“But we’re in good shape now with good options. We’ve utilised the squad very well in the last few weeks.”

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