David Moyes Admits Manchester United Having to Manage Wayne Rooney Injury

Alex LivieFeatured ColumnistDecember 28, 2013

HULL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 26:  Wayne Rooney (R) of Manchester United shoots and scores his sides second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Hull City and Manchester United at KC Stadium on December 26, 2013 in Hull, England.  (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)
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David Moyes has admitted he is having to ask Wayne Rooney to play through the pain of injury due to Manchester United’s taxing schedule.

Rooney was absent from the Red Devils’ battling win over Norwich City on Saturday on account of the groin problem that has been bothering the striker for a number of weeks.

Wayne Rooney didn't travel to Norwich due to the recurrence of a groin strain. He should be available for #mufc vs @SpursOfficial on 1 Jan.

— Manchester United (@ManUtd) December 28, 2013

Moyes is also without Robin van Persie on account of injury and it appears he has been asking his medical team to patch up his key forward.

Speaking to Sky Sports News in the immediate aftermath of United’s win at Carrow Road, Moyes said: "He (Rooney) was missing as he has a bit of an adductor injury in his groin. He missed the Stoke game because of the same injury.”

It would appear Moyes’ preferred scenario would be to hand Rooney a couple of weeks’ rest, but the busy festive period has prevented him from doing that. And the Scot expects to name Rooney in the United side against Tottenham on New Year’s Day.

Moyes added to Sky Sports News:

If we hadn't got so many games and could give him a couple of weeks just to recover properly, I think he would be fine.

I would expect him to be okay for the next game against Tottenham.

Rooney has been a pivotal figure for United this term as he has netted nine league goals and also weighed in with nine assists.

As well as battling for honours in the league and Champions League, United are also involved in the FA Cup and Capital One Cup.

It would appear Rooney may carry on being rolled out by the United medical team as the club continue their quest for silverware.