England striker Wayne Rooney has ‘no chance’ of playing against Moldova and Ukraine in this month’s World Cup qualifiers, according to Manchester United manager David Moyes.
Rooney missed Sunday’s 1-0 defeat by Liverpool after suffering a head injury in training, reports say that he needed 10 stitches.
"[The injury will] probably keep him out for a few weeks," said Moyes after the match.
"He’s got a cut down the middle of his forehead. I would think he’s got no chance [of playing for England].’
England boss Roy Hodgson also faces an injury crisis in defence, United defender Phil Jones and Liverpool defender Glen Johnson both went off injured in Sunday’s fiery match. Johnson left Anfield on crutches after the game.
Daniel Sturridge, who scored the winner for Liverpool, reported that he had been ‘hindered’ from a thigh injury, although hoped to available for selection against Moldova and Ukraine.
Manager Rodgers said after the game: ‘He has struggled in the last couple of games and we need to think of Liverpool first.’
Hodgson also faces worries over midfielder Jack Wilshere who was substituted in the first half of the London derby against Tottenham, although it was reported that this was just precautionary after he had been suffering from stomach cramps and had not suffered a recurrence of his previous ankle injury.
England face Moldova at Wembley on Friday September 6 before travelling to Kiev to face tough rivals Ukraine the following Tuesday.
They currently sit two points below Montenegro and one above Ukraine albeit with a game in hand over their rivals.
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