Wayne Rooney Injury: Updates on Manchester United Star's Status
Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney continues to work his way back from a hamstring injury suffered while training during the club's preseason tour. The Red Devils star has also been bothered by a shoulder injury.
UPDATE: Friday, Aug. 30
SkySports outlines comments from Jose Mourinho regarding Wayne Rooney:
Questioned on whether there would be further signings, he told Sky Sports: "It's the end. We have a good group.
"Samuel will give us other kind of qualities in attack. He is an experienced player in a team that needs some experienced players."
Asked specifically about Rooney, Mourinho added: "For all parties, it's finished. One thing is to tell you through other people that you want, you want, you want very much, but at the end of the day...
"I feel everyone has the right to show his life, his future and I respect that."
UPDATE: Monday, Aug. 12
ESPN FC has the latest on Wayne Rooney's recovery:
Sky Sports' Tim Oscroft has more from Manchester United manager David Moyes on Rooney:
'I want him to join up (with the England squad),' added Moyes.
'He trained with us yesterday (Saturday). He's not ready, you'll probably see that in the game. He'll probably play a chunk of the game.
He's had no football. He's had 45 minutes against Real Betis in a friendly when he hurt his shoulder. Apart from that, since the day he got back for pre-season, he's got no match action.
So you probably wouldn't expect somebody in that condition to be playing for a long period.'
UPDATE: Saturday, Aug. 10, at 1:50 p.m. ET
BBC Sport has an update on Rooney's status for the Community Shield match against Wigan:
England striker Wayne Rooney has been left out of Manchester United's Community Shield squad because of a shoulder injury.
The 27-year-old has trained with United's reserves this week but was not deemed fit to face Wigan at Wembley.
UPDATE: Thursday, Aug. 8, by Brandon Galvin
From Inside World Football:
England squad to face Scotland has been announced. First call-up for Southampton striker Rickie Lambert: pic.twitter.com/k4GacIzbGz— InsideWorldFootball (@insidewldftball) August 8, 2013
From Goal.com's Greg Stobart:
Wayne Rooney has taken a significant step towards the Manchester United exit door after he was ordered to train with reserves by David Moyes on Thursday following a meeting between club officials and his agent Paul Stretford, Goal can reveal.
Stretford arrived at Carrington early on Thursday and when Rooney turned up for training, he was told that he would be working with the reserve players.
Sources have told Goal that the wantaway striker appeared furious and, although he completed the full training session, which started at 10am, he is now considering handing in a formal transfer request.
UPDATE: Wednesday, July 24, by Ian Hanford
BBC Sport provides an update on Rooney's status:
Manchester United manager David Moyes expects Wayne Rooney to play against Swedish side AIK Fotboll on 6 August.
Rooney, who Moyes says will not be sold despite speculation about the striker's future, flew home from Thailand earlier in July with a hamstring injury.
The 27-year-old had spent just 24 hours on the pre-season tour but is expected to return for the friendly in Sweden.
"I do expect Wayne to be in Stockholm. As far as I know he is coming on," the United manager said.
"He has started light jogging and the feedback from the physios is that he is progressing, so hopefully those dates will still be right when we get back."
According to a report from The Guardian, David Moyes has admitted that Wayne Rooney was injured before heading out on the Asian tour.
Speaking to MUTV, Moyes said: "It's disappointing. The day we left [Manchester] he just felt his hamstring tighten up right at the end of training and we thought there would be no problem. But after the long flight we decided we'd get him tested and scanned and have a look at things and there is just a small grade one injury there.
"He didn't train yesterday [Thursday] and we thought it would be worth just seeing what it was and there was a very slight mark on his hamstring. We won't take any chances – there is no point in taking him any further round the world so we've sent him back and he'll get treatment at the Aon Training Complex."
The Red Devils' official site provides the update:
Following a scan this evening on a hamstring injury sustained in training, it has been decided that Wayne Rooney should return home immediately for further assessment and rehabilitation.
It is anticipated he will be unavailable for selection for a month.
One month from today is Aug. 11, which just happens to be the day United are scheduled to open the new campaign with the FA Community Shield match against Wigan Athletic. They open the Premier League season six days later against Swansea.
Assuming the initial timeline is accurate and Rooney doesn't suffer any setbacks during his rehab, he should be healthy in time for those two matches.
The hamstring injury comes just one day after new United manager David Moyes praised the forward's fitness and training, as reported by Ian Cruise of talkSPORT:
He's trained great. They [people at the club] are telling me they've never seen him in better shape. That's positive. He's not for sale and I will try to get the best Wayne Rooney I possibly can.
Rooney has been the focus of intense transfer talk since the end of last season. During his first public comments about the ongoing saga, Moyes insisted the longtime United superstar wasn't going anywhere despite the speculation, per the BBC:
"Wayne Rooney is not for sale. He's a Manchester United player and will remain a Manchester United player. Wayne won't be sold by Manchester United," the former Everton boss said.
Moyes, however, refused to say whether Rooney had expressed a desire to stay.
The injury adds a new wrinkle to the situation, as Rooney will now be away from the squad while it prepares for the new campaign. United are currently training in Thailand as part of their preseason tour to prepare for their Premier League title defense.
What will happen between now and the Community Shield remains a mystery. But if Moyes' comments about keeping Rooney ring true, the veteran forward now begins a race with time in order to get ready for the first match of the new season.
Stay tuned. It could turn into a very interesting month.
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