Manchester United have been given a welcome boost after Wayne Rooney was papped in Portugal, with the picture indicating that his head wound is showing signs of healing.
Rooney sustained the deep gash on his head following a tackle in training from teammate Phil Jones. The injury meant Rooney was ruled out of England's World Cup qualifiers against Moldova and for tonight's opponents, Ukraine.
The 27-year-old striker hit back at critics who accused him of letting down his England squad.
"Some people seem to be questioning my commitment and the fact I had to pull out of the two games," said Rooney on his official Facebook page.
"I'm sure people will see the reason why I won't be able to play. There's nothing I would like more than to be helping the lads in the qualifiers."
England teammate Theo Walcott backed up Rooney by describing the cut on his head "like something out of a horror movie".
Speaking ahead of Manchester United's 1-0 defeat to Liverpool, Red Devils manager David Moyes feared that United's danger-man could be be ruled out for up to three weeks.
But after being snapped with a fan whilst on holiday in Portugal, the injury appears to be healing nicely and it looks like Rooney may be available to play for United sooner than expected.
While the Three Lions will be without star striker Rooney for tonight's game, England captain Steven Gerrard believes Roy Hodgson's men have enough quality to get a result in Kiev.
"He's a world-class player and any team would miss him, but we have more than enough in the squad and XI to do the job," said the Liverpool midfielder.
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