Man Utd and England to do without Rooney for three weeks
Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney was missed dearly by the club during their 1-0 defeat at the hands of archrivals Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday. The English forward was ruled out of the game because of a mysterious head injury before the game.
Manchester United have now confirmed that Rooney has been sidelined for three weeks because of a cut on his forehead. The England international suffered the injury during a training session when a high-flying boot of teammate Phil Jones caught the middle of Rooney’s forehead.
England will now have to do without the services of their star striker in the upcoming World Cup qualifying matches against Moldova and Ukraine. This will be big news for the Three Lions boss Roy Hodgson; since he has already emphasized on England’s under-powered attack.
Rooney’s head injury will also keep him out of the Manchester derby on September 22. Manchester United manager David Moyes has his fingers crossed for Rooney’s early recovery. Two derby defeats in a months is probably more than the new Old Trafford can chew on.
“It’s right down the middle of his forehead where it takes a wee while to heal,” Moyes told reporters on Rooney’s injury after the 1-0 defeat to Liverpool. “Probably [he will be out for] three weeks. Phil Jones lifted his boot and caught him right down the middle of his forehead.”
Hamstring and shoulder injuries have already kept Rooney on the bench for most of the preseason and rumors about him moving to Chelsea have further unsettled the striker. Moyes was visibly disappointed on revealing Rooney’s injury, but there were more reasons to worry about as well.
Jones walked off the Anfield pitch during the game with a badly twisted ankle. From the looks of it the defender will be out of action as well. Patrice Evra, who appeared to have damaged his knee and ankle, also appeared to be in bad shape after the game.
“He had a bad twist to his ankle so I couldn’t give a definite [answer],” Moyes said.