Nike has denied its new ´Total 90 Supremacy´ boot is in any way responsible for the injury that has threatened to ruin Wayne Rooney´s World Cup hopes.

The Manchester United and England striker was wearing the new boots at Stamford Bridge on Saturday when he sustained a metatarsal injury in his club´s 3-0 defeat to Chelsea. The 20-year-old appeared to catch his foot in the turf while jostling with Paulo Ferreira for the ball, and fell to the ground in agony before being stretchered off.

A Nike spokesperson told PA Sport´s Football Insider: "We do not believe the T90 supremacy boot was in any way responsible for or linked to Wayne´s injury. Both Wayne himself and Manchester United´s medical staff have confirmed that they do not believe the boot was linked to Wayne´s injury."

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