Manchester United manager David Moyes has announced that Wayne Rooney will not be fit for Rio Ferdinand's testimonial game against Sevilla on Friday, as speculation continues to mount over his future.
Chelsea have already made two bids for the England striker, and the club still insist that he is not for sale. Jose Mourinho has said that Rooney is his only remaining target, so it is likely that Chelsea will make another bid in the near future.
Moyes was speaking after United's 1-1 draw against AIK on Tuesday, which Rooney was ruled out of with an injury.
"He's got a shoulder injury. I don't think it will keep him out very long," said the former Everton chief.
"He has an injury from when he fell on it the other day in a game."
Moyes also doubts Rooney will be available for the Community Shield on Sunday, which means that the England striker will have only played in one match before the season kicks off on August 17.
Moyes continued: "Wayne's not going to be fit for Friday. I don't think he'll be fit and available. I hope he will be but I have a feeling he won't make it."
"As for the Community Shield on Sunday, the problem we've got is he's not played any games. He's not had any football yet and we need to take that into consideration."
Reports in The Belfast Telegraph claim that Rooney is facing a dressing room revolt at Old Trafford, which suggests that he may never play in a United shirt again. Other reports say that Rooney is ready to hand in a formal transfer request to Moyes, which may open the door for a move to Chelsea or maybe even Arsenal.
This is not good news for Manchester United fans who want Rooney to stay, as his time at Old Trafford seems to be coming to an end. Even if he does stay, will his teammates forgive him?
This would be the second time in three years that the striker has handed in a transfer request and it could be the final straw for United fans and players.
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