Knee ligament damage for Rooney but others return

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed that forward Wayne Rooney is set for up to three weeks on the sidelines after he injured a ligament at the back of his knee when he attempted a volley in training.

Speaking after Manchester United’s Boxing Day win over Newcastle United at Old Trafford, Sir Alex said

It was a volley towards the end of training.

He did a ligament at the back if his knee and could be out for two to three weeks.

The injury means that he will miss Manchester United’s games against West Brom and Wigan in the Premier League as well as the game against West Ham in the FA Cup.

There was good news, however, for United, as it was revealed that they could welcome back both Ashley Young and Phil Jones for their next game against West Brom.

About Rooney, Young and Jones, Ferguson added

After his performance on Sunday I think he [Rooney] would have been brilliant today. You don’t have two performances like he did on Sunday [against Swansea].

Unfortunately, we couldn’t risk him.

Ashley Young also got injured yesterday and Phil Jones got injured against Swansea.

They should both be OK for Saturday, and I will also have Tom Cleverley and Darren Fletcher, who are fresh.

We couldn’t risk Vida after playing his first game. He had a bit of soreness in his knee, which is only to be expected after being out for so long.

Vidic, who was on the bench against Newcastle, could return to the starting lineup at the weekend.


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Lee Hurley

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