The United and England star is currently being troubled by a groin injury, and in a bid to get him fully fit for the showdown with Chelsea next weekend, manager Moyes announced today that the former Everton forward will spend a week away from the club with a trainer to get himself fit.
"Wayne has been sent away on a sort of hot weather break. His groin has not recovered yet. We've sent a fitness coach with him and he is away with his family. So we've given him a bit of a break. I always hoped I would be able to do that at some point in the season, but his groin is not as good as we hoped at this point.
"Hopefully we'll get him fit for the Chelsea game [a week on Sunday] and we'll see how he is then."
A 'warm weather break' isn't something football fans are accustomed to hearing as a reason for not playing, and United fans - and general observers - voiced their opinions on the bizarre news regarding Rooney's status, with many suggesting the 28 year old is simply going on a midseason holiday. Others moved to blame Moyes for the situation, whilst a similar previous situation with Cristiano Ronaldo was also brought up to defend the United boss.
Rooney sent abroad for warm weather recooperation. I've literally never heard of anything so ludicrous.— Dobie (@blackwhitezine) January 10, 2014
Wayne Rooney been sent for warm weather recuperation? A holiday then...— Mark McCall (@MarkMcCall92) January 10, 2014
I get a cold bag of peas on my groin when I get injured, Rooney goes abroad for some warm-weather training— Cole (@Cole_Martin) January 10, 2014
Haha Wayne Rooney sent on 'warm weather recuperation'. They called that a holiday back in the day.— Scott Johnston (@ScottFTF) January 10, 2014
We've lost 3 in a row need Rooney back and he's been sent on warm weather recuperation so basically he's on holiday! Nice one moyesy!!— Ryan Fox (@ryryfox) January 10, 2014
Wayne Rooney is on 'warm weather recuperation'? Isn't that just code for 'on holiday'? What is Moyes doing!? #mufc— Elliott Binks (@ElliottBinks) January 10, 2014
Didn't Alex Ferguson send Cristiano Ronaldo away for a warm weather break midway through a season? Could work for Mr Rooney too.— Daniel White (@danwhitejourno) January 10, 2014
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