Wayne Rooney Injury: Updates on Manchester United Star's Status and Return

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistMay 1, 2014

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 26: Wayne Rooney of Manchester United celebrates his first half penalty during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Norwich City at Old Trafford on April 26, 2014 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
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Updates from Wednesday, May 21

Wayne Rooney is expected to be fit for England's World Cup warm-up with Peru.

The London Evening Standard's James Olley tweeted from Roy Hodgson's press conference:

BBC Sport added:


Updates from Thursday, May 15

Wayne Rooney has offered a glimpse through the window of his pre-World Cup training camp, affirming belief that he will be fully fit for England's opening match.

Rooney posted a video on his official facebook, accompanied by the words: "Training is going well, looking forward to meeting up with the England squad and getting started!"


Updates from Wednesday, May 14

Wayne Rooney has allayed any fears over his fitness for the World Cup, insisting this international tournament will be the first for several years that he enters at 100 percent.

Ian Ladyman of the Daily Mail quotes the England man saying:

Previously I have always been going into the first game looking for fitness and it’s difficult to get your breathing right and the rest of it.

This time I honestly feel good. I have looked after myself as well as I can to be as fit as I can for this tournament. I will be ready. I’m looking forward to it.

I really want to be 100 per cent fit this time and, barring an injury in training before we go, I will be totally ready.


Updates from Tuesday, May 13

Wayne Rooney has taken two fitness trainers with him to Portugal in order to get himself fit for the start of England's World Cup training camp.

Roy Hodgson revealed, per the Daily Mirror's Jack Lang:

He’s going with two fitness trainers. Tony Strudwick has been in touch with us, who wanted to know about the pitch in Vale de Lobo. This is a free week, a week where players go off. Many do go to Portugal, where they have homes.

Wayne is so determined to be up and running when we get there on the 19th. He’s got a house out there in Portugal. He’s not alone. A few of them are going out to Portugal.


His attitude is that he’s desperate to be up and running on the 19th. I’m not as desperate for him to be fully fit on the May 19th. I’m thinking more of the 14th of June, but it’s still quite laudable that that’s the way he thinks and I’m not trying to dissuade him.


Updates from Friday, May 9

Wayne Rooney is unlikely to feature in Manchester United's last game of the season at Southampton, but will be fit for the World Cup.

Ryan Giggs reported the news, via the club's official Twitter on Friday:


Updates from Monday, May 5

Josh Wright of Goal.com provides a statement from Ryan Giggs discussing Wayne Rooney's injury status:

I hope he will play again this season, we will keep monitoring him and see how he is for Tuesday. Hopefully he will be back.


Updates from Friday, May 2

Wayne Rooney has both a stomach issue and a groin problem ahead of the weekend visit of Sunderland to Manchester United.

Ryan Giggs could not confirm on Friday, though, that he is definitely out of Saturday's match, per BBC News' Dan Roan:

Rooney's current fitness issue will not cause him to miss the World Cup, according to BBC Sport:

Wayne Rooney is expected to be available for inclusion in Roy Hodgson's England squad, despite a fresh injury worry.

The 28-year-old Manchester United striker is believed to have suffered a minor groin strain in training.


Rooney is, however, a doubt for United's Premier League game against Sunderland at Old Trafford on Saturday.


Updates from Thursday, May 1

The Telegraph reports Wayne Rooney is battling stomach issues:

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney could miss his side's match against Sunderland on Saturday after walking out of training with what is thought to be a stomach bug on Thursday.


Original Text:

A terrible season for Manchester United continues to get worse as the club now has to deal with the injury to its most productive player.

Telegraph Football initially reported the injury to star forward Wayne Rooney:

Rooney currently leads his squad and ranks fourth in the English Premier League with 17 goals this season. He is also tied for second with 10 assists in league play.   

Unfortunately, his performance has not helped Manchester United as they currently sit in seventh place in the league table. They have one match in hand but still trail Tottenham by six points with three matches remaining for a possible spot in next year's Europa League.

In reality, the absence of Rooney for the final few weeks of the season would not have too much of an impact on what is virtually a lost year for a proud club.

However, the bigger issue for the forward is what will happen for the summer. Rooney is a key contributor for the English national team and he is hoping to lead his squad into a deep run at the 2014 World Cup.

England are headed for a tough draw in Brazil with a group that features Uruguay, Costa Rica and Italy. If Rooney is forced to miss any time with a leg injury, this could end up being devastating.

The good news is that he will have plenty of time to recover before starting the World Cup with a match against Italy on June 12.  


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