Wayne Rooney gets injury green light from United: Three questions and reaction

Rooney V Cardiff

Manchester United can welcome back Wayne Rooney from injury this weekend, but should they select him?

Manchester United will have Wayne Rooney available for the weekend after scans showed no further injury to his foot.

The England international had to have a toe injection to ensure he was able to play against Bayern Munich, a decision which with hindsight was not worth the risk.

Rooney fluffed a glorious second half chance with the game evenly poised, and manager David Moyes admitted after the game it appeared as though Rooney was struggling to strike the ball.

The forward has had a week and a half to recover since then, and journalist Daniel Taylor of the Guardian, reported last night that he has been given the green light to feature against his former club at the weekend.

The United forward's injury news is of course good news, but there are still questions to be answered ahead of this weekend's trip to his former club.

Should he play and do United need to take a risk?

Rooney may be passed fit but with United having nothing to play for other than Europa League qualification, do they really need to risk rushing him back immediately? Moyes has come under criticism this season for his handling of Robin van Persie, who was brought back with hindsight too soon against Newcastle earlier in the season. Rooney has a World Cup to look forward to, and if United want to be sensitive to that, they may decide to leave him on the bench.

Would his selection be another snub to Javier Hernandez?

Javier Hernandez has been out of favour all season at United, but in recent games has come to the fore as the Red Devils rotate their squad. Many view his omission for a half-fit Rooney against Bayern as a slap in the face to him, and a critical error, and leaving him out once again for the only recently passed fit Rooney would be another snub. Hernandez has previous winning goals over Everton to his name, which David Moyes will know only too well.

Would a substitute appearance give greater impact?

With Rooney facing his former club away from home, David Moyes could decide to pocket him on the bench and save his appearance to make greater impact as the game goes on, when United need him. Rooney will be fired up, no doubt from receiving taunts in the stands from the away support, and will be even more determined to silence the crowd. A more mature individual these days, this is unlikely to express itself in a negative manner.

So is Rooney's return being positively received? Here's a snapshot of fan reaction via Twitter:

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