Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney admits he is ‘gutted’ to have picked up an injury ahead of the club’s pre-season tour.
The Red Devils touched down in Asia yesterday on a four-game trip, but the striker has suffered a hamstring injury in one of the club’s first training sessions.
Rooney is understandably disappointed to miss out on the matches ahead, but has reassured fans that the injury isn’t major and there is nothing to worry about long-term.
"Gutted to have picked up a niggling injury especially as training was going so well, heading back to Manchester to have it assessed fully but early indications are nothing to worry about,” he told his official Facebook page.
Early reports indicate that Rooney could be out of action for a month, meaning the striker is set to miss the entire build-up to the Premier League campaign.
His participation in the Community Shield - when United face Wigan - is therefore in doubt, whilst England’s friendly against Scotland on August 14th might also come too soon.
Manchester United begin their competitive season against Swansea City three days later, and new manager David Moyes will be disappointed over the timing of Rooney’s injury, after admitting the 27-year-old was looking extremely sharp in pre-season thus far.
"We are working and trying everything to get Wayne to the level where everybody can benefit. I can tell you categorically Wayne is training fantastically well,” said the Scot just five days ago.