Wayne Rooney Injury: Updates on United Star's Shin, Likely Return Date
Manchester United will have to survive for the time being without one of their top players as Wayne Rooney sits out with a shin injury.
Wayne Rooney misses tonight’s match after receiving a kick in the shin during training yesterday. #mufc— Manchester United (@ManUtd) October 2, 2013
UPDATE: Friday, Oct. 4
From Manchester United's official website:
Manchester United manager David Moyes was unable to provide an update on Wayne Rooney's fitness ahead of the trip to Sunderland.
"I've not seen Wayne this morning so I couldn't give you an update yet," stated Moyes at Friday's press conference.
UPDATE: Wednesday, Oct. 2
Telegraph reporter Mark Ogden has the latest on Rooney:
Moyes revealed that he had already decided to start with Rooney on the substitutes’ bench before the injury, but with United due to face Sunderland at the Stadium of Light on Saturday, the Scot expects the forward to return to action on Wearside.
“Wayne will be OK for Saturday,” Moyes said. “He clashed shins with Danny Welbeck in training and at a push we could have risked him, but in the end we decided not to. My plan wasn’t to use Wayne tonight anyway. He picked up a crack in the shin and it has swollen up. He was going to be on the bench, but he was not able to make it.”
Originally, Ian Ladyman of the Daily Mail reported that the veteran player will miss the Champions League match against Shakhtar Donetsk:
No Rooney for #mufc. Unwell.— Ian Ladyman (@Ian_Ladyman_DM) October 2, 2013
Sky Sports News later confirmed that report:
Wayne Rooney out of Manchester United's game at Shakhtar Donetsk through illness #SSN— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) October 2, 2013
Rooney was the star of the match in the club's first UCL appearance of the year. He scored two goals and added an assist in Manchester United's 4-2 win over Bayer Leverkusen.
Without him, the squad might have a tough time scoring against their Ukrainian opponent, who are currently tied with United atop the Group A table. Other offensive players like Robin van Persie will need to step up in his absence.
Of course, the reigning Premier League champions will hope that this illness does not last too long. Manchester United currently stand in 12th place in the league table after winning only two of their first six matches, so they'll need his production.
Considering Rooney has contributed to five goals in five appearances in league play, the club will need him back as soon as possible.
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