United 'wait' on Rooney fitness

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Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney will be given every opportunity to prove his fitness ahead of Newcastle United's visit to Old Trafford in the Barclays Premier League this weekend.

Despite Sir Alex Ferguson claiming the 26-year-old would feature against Benfica, Rooney was left out entirely, as United stuttered to a 2-2 draw against the Portuguese side.

Ahead of United hosing fourth-placed Newcastle in the Barclays Premier League, Ferguson confirmed Rooney would be given every chance to prove his fitness.

"He wasn't fit for tonight (Tuesday), so we need to wait to see what he is like over the next few days," Ferguson said of Rooney.

"We will give him every chance, of course - we did for today but he wasn't really fit, so we'll just have to wait."

After scoring 11 goals in his first nine games of the season, Rooney has scored just three in his 10 subsequent games, with injury and Ferguson's insistence on playing him in the centre of midfield restricting his opportunity to build on his impressive start to the season.

United will be desperate for Rooney to be fit for the club's final UEFA Champions League group stage match, where a point against Basel will ensure progress to the knock-out phase.

Just 24 hours later, Rooney will remain in Switzerland as he discovers whether his appeal against his three-match international ban has been successful.

A reduction in the ban would allow Rooney to compete in the Euro 2012 group stage, and thereby improving England's attempts to reach the last-eight of the tournament, a stage which the forward is currently only eligible for.

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