Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney says he is 'gutted' to be missing the Premier League clash against Swansea City on Saturday afternoon.
Michael Laudrup's side return to Old Trafford less than a week after a 2-1 victory at the same venue condemned the Red Devils to defeat in the third round of the FA Cup, but talismanic striker Rooney will miss out after agreeing to depart on a warm weather break designed to help him recover from a groin problem.
"Agreed with the manager and the medical team that some warm weather training and recuperation would help this niggling injury I have been trying to play through," he told his Official Facebook Page.
"Gutted I am not available for selection tomorrow, but sure the lads will give everything to get the right result."
Despite his absence from the lineup for the match, Rooney is hoping that a positive atmosphere will help Manchester United to achieve a pleasing result.
"As I said earlier today the crowd can help the teams confidence massively so hopefully everyone will get behind the lads and stay with them and the manager throughout the game," he added.
United, who currently lie seventh in the Premier League table, have endured a difficult spell of late with that defeat to Swansea bookended by similarly disappointing losses to Tottenham Hotspur and Sunderland.
With David Moyes' side still just five points adrift of Liverpool in fifth place, however, a good run of form could see them easily back in the race for Champions League qualification.