Ahead of Manchester United’s clash with Newcastle United, David Moyes was dealt a blow after it was revealed that Wayne Rooney’s injury was more serious than first imagined.
The England international suffered a toe injury during Manchester United’s 1-1 draw with Bayern Munich in their Champions League quarter-final clash, though it reportedly wasn’t as a result of Bastian Schweinsteiger’s late challenge.
David Moyes was left a worried figure, and told reporters that his staff will do all they can over the weekend to speed up his recovery.
"He's got a badly bruised toe. It could be a problem for the Munich match.” He told the BBC.
"We'll get him treatment all over the weekend and see if we can speed it up."
Following Bastian Schweinsteiger’s second half equaliser at Old Trafford last Tuesday, Manchester United need to score in Munich to have any hope of progressing and Wayne Rooney’s involvement is critical.
The 28-year-old has been United’s standout performer in an otherwise disappointing campaign. In 25 Premier League starts, he has scored 15 goals and assisted a further ten – easily topping both club charts.
Fortunately, it appears Wayne Rooney is recovering well and the Manchester United staff are very confident of him being available in Munich.
Journalist Kevin Palmer Tweeted:
Manchester United are 'very confident' Wayne Rooney will play in Munich, according to their staff at Newcastle today. Vital he starts #MUFC— Kevin Palmer (@kpsundayworld) abril 5, 2014
Bayern Munich warmed up for their clash with their first domestic defeat in 53 games, being gunned down by a stubborn Augsburg side 1-0.
Manchester United, one the other hand, will go into Munich brimming with confidence after thrashing Newcastle United 4-0 at St. James Park with a double from Juan Mata and further goals from Javier Hernandez and Adnan Januzaj.