Updates from Friday, April 18
David Moyes has confirmed Wayne Rooney is fit to face Everton on Sunday.
Manchester United's official Twitter reported:
Updates from Thursday, April 17
Ian Ladyman of The Daily Mail has the latest on Wayne Rooney's fitness:
Wayne Rooney has given Manchester United a boost ahead of Sunday’s trip to his old club Everton by training fully for the first time since the Champions League defeat at Bayern Munich.
Rooney played in last week’s game in Bavaria with a chipped bone in his foot, prompting United manager David Moyes to suggest afterwards that he couldn’t even kick the ball properly.
Daniel Taylor of The Guardian later provided some very encouraging news on Rooney's status:
Updates from Friday, April 11
Wayne Rooney may not play again for Manchester United this season, according to reports in Friday's national press.
David Moyes is considering the option to allow Rooney's toe to completely heal ahead of the World Cup, according to the Daily Star's Jeremy Cross:
The England and Manchester United striker is nursing a chipped bone in his toe but is ready to sit out the rest of the season so he doesn't jeopardise his World Cup dream this summer.
A United source said: "The chipped bone will repair itself, but it won't happen overnight.
"He had injections in Munich because it was such a huge game and his team needed him, but in truth he shouldn't have played.
"The season is coming to an end and United have little at stake, so his main priority now is to make sure he is firing on all cylinders once the World Cup preparations start."
The Mirror's David McDonnell added:
Rooney has suffered a series of injuries this season, including hamstring and groin problems, and is desperate to be in peak condition before flying to Brazil.
United have five games left this season and have not given up on snatching the last Champions League spot, despite being seven points behind fourth-placed Arsenal, and can also qualify for next season's Europa League.
But manager Moyes is understood to be considering giving Rooney a break to help the 28-year-old make a full recovery from his toe problems and the effects of his injury-ravaged season.
Updates from Thursday, April 10
Mark Ogden of The Telegraph reports that Wayne Rooney may miss Manchester United's April 20th match against Everton due to his toe injury. Ogden added:
Although Rooney was able to walk freely on Thursday, after complaining of suffering pain in his foot following the 3-1 defeat in the Allianz Arena on Wednesday evening, the 28 year-old was forced to receive a pain-killing injection prior to the game in order to make the starting line-up.
United manager David Moyes admitted that Rooney had volunteered to play through the pain barrier against Bayern in an effort to help the team progress to the semi-finals.
But with Rooney being diagnosed with a chipped bone in his toe, United are now considering a period of rest for the player in order to allow the bone to regrow and the injury to heal properly.
Updates from Wednesday, April 9
Manchester United have reportedly denied claims Wayne Rooney used controversial doctor Mariana Kovacevic to help him be fit for Wednesday's Champions League showdown with Bayern Munich.
Kovacevic is famous for using horse placenta to cure footballers' ailments, but the Daily Mail's Paul Collins claims United have rubbished reports that Rooney used her services:
Mariana Kovacevic previously helped Frank Lampard and Robin van Persie and, according to reports in her native Serbia, the housewife added Rooney to her star-studded list of patients.
But United, who take on Bayern for a place in the semi-finals of the Champions League, denied the reports.
Kovacevic, who was investigated by Serbian health authorities over her medical qualifications and forced to prove her treatment is not illegal, was reported to have flown to the UK to help England international Rooney.
The 42-year-old charges up to £5,000 to strap placenta to players' bodies in a bid to speed up recovery from injury.
Regardless, the striker is officially starting Wednesday's Champions League clash, per Manchester United's official Twiter feed:
#mufc XI: De Gea; Jones, Smalling, Vidic, Evra; Fletcher, Carrick; Valencia, Rooney, Kagawa; Welbeck— Manchester United (@ManUtd) April 9, 2014
Updates from Tuesday, April 8
Wayne Rooney took part in training on Tuesday ahead of Manchester United's Champions League quarter-final second leg with Bayern Munich.
Mark Ogden of the Telegraph confirmed the news:
Rooney and Giggs training— Mark Ogden (@MOgdenTelegraph) April 8, 2014
Rob Dawson of the Manchester Evening News provided footage:
Open training at Carrington this morning. https://t.co/kVgRXuLAxT— Rob Dawson (@RobDawsonMEN) April 8, 2014
Wayne Rooney will travel to Munich with Manchester United, hoping to make a shock return against Bayern on Wednesday night.
England striker Rooney has been named in the Reds' squad to face the German giants in the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final, even though he chipped a bone in his foot in the first leg.
Medical experts initially feared the injury would rule the forward out for over a month, but Old Trafford doctors are confident the injury has settled sufficiently to give Rooney a chance of playing against Bayern.
Sky Sports News reiterated:
Rooney has flown out to Munich with the Manchester United squad for their Champions League quarter-final - we'll have the latest on #SSN— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) April 8, 2014
Manchester United manager David Moyes commented on the possibility his star striker will play, in his official pre-match press conference, according to the team's official website:
“Wayne was able to train and he is massively keen to play,” Moyes told reporters. “He's not trained all week so we have to be wary of that. We'll do everything we possibly can. He’s happy to take an injection to play in the game, which shows you his feeling about the game and about the club.
"We think it's okay. We wouldn't do anything medically wrong. We've taken advice from the doctors and the people who advise us. Everybody knows the type of character Wayne is and he is determined to play. If he is determined we would be mad not to give him that opportunity."
Speaking about Wednesday’s match, a tie that will attract the attention of football fans around the world, Moyes was visibly excited about what lies ahead.
“I'm really looking forward to it. Second leg, quarter-final of the Champions League with the opportunity to reach the semi-finals... It's a massive game, one all the players are looking forward to. We'll do everything we can to reach the semis.
Updates from Monday, April 7
Wayne Rooney is expected to be fit for Manchester United's Champions League quarter-final second leg against Bayern Munich.
The Telegraph's Mark Ogden reports on the striker's toe injury:
Wayne Rooney is winning his battle to overcome a toe injury in time to face Bayern Munich in Wednesday’s Champions League quarter-final second-leg.
With United concerned over the full extent of the injury, Rooney missed Saturday’s Premier League trip to Newcastle in order to undergo recovery and rehabilitation work at the club’s Carrington training ground.
But while Rooney is yet to make a full return to training, the injury is understood to have improved over the weekend and the player is due to travel to Munich with the rest of the United squad on Tuesday afternoon
The status of Manchester United star forward Wayne Rooney is in doubt for the second leg of the club's Champions League quarter-final against Bayern Munich due to a toe injury.
Rooney will miss Saturday's Premier League match at Newcastle United due to the problem and is rated doubtful for the Allianz Arena clash on Wednesday.
Manchester Evening News reporter Andrew Stuart had the report:
The England striker has been struck down with a toe injury which he picked up against the Germans in the first leg at Old Trafford.
Moyes has described the injury as a ‘bruised’ toe and says Rooney is ‘touch and go’ for the game in Munich which United go in to level at 1-1.
But the Reds boss admits United’s 17-goal leading scorer is undergoing examinations to find out if the injury is even worse than first diagnosed.
Moyes also added some thoughts on the injury:
There is not an awful lot you can do with a toe injury. Sometimes you can feel better quite quickly with them and sometimes you need an injection to play with it if it is bruising. With a lot of toe injuries you have to make sure there isn’t a hairline fracture or crack in your toe. We will have all that checked.
Rooney played the full 90 minutes in the first leg and showcased good form. He was the most dangerous member of the Red Devils' attack throughout the match, which ended in a 1-1 draw, and delivered an assist on the goal by Nemanja Vidic.
Coming out of that fixture, there wasn't any discussion of a serious injury. In fact, the only talk about injury came when Rooney said criticism over a potential dive after a Bastian Schweinsteiger tackle was unwarranted because he did it in order to avoid an injury, per ESPN:
I don't really want to say what he said but I think it's a foul. If I didn't get out of the way he could have hurt me, he's gone in with his studs and the referee has booked him, so it's not my decision.
More recently, Richard Tanner of the Daily Express passed along comments from the talented striker about United's chances in the second leg. He spoke about looking forward to the challenge of trying to eliminate the reigning champions on the road:
We know they will have a lot of possession but we must defend well and try to hit them on the break. They play a high line and with a little more composure we can exploit that.
It's a massive incentive for us to go there with the chance to knock out the holders of the trophy and get a result that will keep our season alive. It's a huge challenge but one we're looking forward to.
Can United advance without Rooney?
So the fact Rooney may not be able to play depending on how he responds to treatment of the injury comes as a surprise. Of course, given the important nature of the match, he's going to do everything in his power to make sure he's available on Wednesday.
If he's unavailable, it's a major setback for United as they attempt to advance to the semi-finals.
As Rooney mentioned, Bayern are dominant in possession, which means the Premier League side must capitalize on counter-attacks. Without him, it's a much tougher task.
More information will be provided about his status as it becomes available.