Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney will not require surgery on the groin injury he aggravated during the New Year's day defeat to Tottenham against Old Trafford, the club's manager David Moyes has confirmed.

The England striker was omitted from the clash with Norwich City four days previous due to his groin problem but was deemed fit enough to feature for the duration against Tottenham.

Rooney was unable to prevent Manchester United succumbing to a 2-1 loss and the Premier League champions' problems were further exacerbated when it was revealed their talisman now faces a spell on the sidelines.

Moyes, however, has allayed fears that Rooney will have to go under the knife in order to correct the problem, with the 28-year-old set to be afforded a period of rest rather than require surgery.

"Wayne won’t need surgery," the Manchester United boss told reporters. "It’s a slight strain and the sort of thing a couple of weeks might fix."

Rooney is expected to be unavailable for the cup encounters with Swansea and Sunderland at the very least, and the visit of the Swans to Old Trafford in the league next weekend would also appear to be beyond him.

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