Manchester United superstar Wayne Rooney suffered a deep leg gash after colliding with Fulham player Hugo Rodallega on Aug. 25. Sky Sports is reporting via its official twitter account Rooney will miss four weeks of action:
Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney is likely to be out for four weeks with a leg injury suffered against Fulham. More on site soon.— Sky Sports (@SkySports) August 25, 2012
UPDATE: Wednesday, Sept. 26 at 2:15 p.m. ET by Ben Chodos
Wayne Rooney will make his return to the Manchester United lineup against Newcastle after recovering from a gruesome leg gash.
ESPN FC has reported the Red Devils' lineup for the League Cup match via Twitter, and the star striker is included.
Full MUFC team: De Gea; Vermijl, M Keane, Wootton, Buttner; Fletcher, Cleverley, Anderson; Rooney, Welbeck, Hernandez.— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) September 26, 2012
Rooney's performance will be part of the process of getting his fitness and form back up to par.
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UPDATE: Friday, Sept. 21 at 10:10 a.m. ET by Tim Daniels
United manager Sir Alex Ferguson believes Rooney should be ready for action by next week, according to the BBC. He has been out since late August due to a thigh injury.
"He's not far away. I think he may be fine for next week," said Ferguson.
"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 been part of."
It remains unclear what role Rooney will play once he returns given the success of acquisition Robin van Persie up front. The England international came off the bench in the game he got hurt after starting the season-opening loss to Everton.
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The Guardian's Jamie Jackson did not speak to the length of time Rooney could miss, but did speak with Sir Alex Ferguson after the game, tweeting:
Rooney 'gone to hospital' said Ferguson #mufc— jamie jackson (@GuardianJamieJ) August 25, 2012
BBC Sports also spoke with the United manager after his team's 3-2 victory, stating that he concurs with Sky Sports' timetable:
Wayne Rooney's been whisked off to hospital immediately and it looks a bad one. I think he could be out for four weeks with a bad gash.
Rooney did not start against Fulham, with Ferguson giving Robin van Persie the start in the fixture. Rooney was substituted into the match, however, sustaining the cut during the last few moments of the contest.
Due to the injury, the 26-year-old striker will have just one start on his resume until he returns to the pitch. He started United's first game of the season, which resulted in a 1-0 loss to Everton.
If the reported timetable proves to be accurate, Rooney will miss United's upcoming games against Southampton, Wigan, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur. Essentially, the veteran Red Devil would miss all of his team's September fixtures.
Rooney could return in United's first October fixture if all goes according to plan, meaning the team's seventh all-time scorer might make his return against Newcastle United on Oct. 7.