The Daily Mail claims ‘sources’ close to Wayne Rooney have suggested the Manchester United forward is fully fit to take his place in the side against Manchester City this weekend.
Rooney has been missing for the last three games after the red card he picked up against West Ham United and if the sources are accurate then one question creates a concern; why did he limp away from a sponsorship event?
“Sources in the Rooney camp said the 29-year-old trained on Monday morning and was fully fit, despite appearing to carry his right leg gingerly at the launch of a new United deal with watch manufacturer Bulova in the afternoon,” reports the Mail.
The Mail doesn’t suggest a reason for Rooney’s limp but The Sun has suggested that the reason for it, is a foot injury picked up ahead of the game.
However, with no official line coming out of the club there will be hoping that the problem is not a serious one.
Louis van Gaal may be reluctant to make many changes against City because of how effective his team were against Chelsea last weekend.
United produced arguably their best performance of the season in a 1-1 draw as the side coped admirably with the variety of attacking threats coming from the Chelsea midfield.
United don’t have a League Cup game in mid-week, as they were knocked out by the MK Dons, which means all of those players involved have plenty of time to rest and recover before another high intensity game this weekend.
If Rooney slots straight back into the team then United may have to sacrifice the way they played so effectively against Chelsea to accommodate him, but he’s not a bad player to have coming back into the team.