Wayne Rooney is staring down the barrel of another month on the sidelines after medical scans revealed that his injured knee has not healed as expected.
That’s the word from the Daily Mirror today, who say that the Manchester United captain’s progress has been hampered to the point where he could miss another 30 days or so.
Rooney initially sustained the knee injury during last month’s disappointing loss to Sunderland, but until now it’s been assumed that his recovery was well on course to see him available for the majority of United’s remaining games.
If the 30-year-old is to miss the next month then he’ll return around the time United travel to White Hart Lane to face Tottenham Hotspur on April 10.
Issues for United
That means missing at least four games, including the home leg of their Europa League tie with Liverpool and the all-important Manchester derby on March 20.
In the meantime Louis van Gaal will likely continue to rely on Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford to spearhead his frontline, though neither are proven match-winners in big games.
Both strikers are at an age where they’d benefit from being a supporting cast rather than the main attraction, but that’s simply a luxury Van Gaal can’t afford to offer them.
On a side note, it’s worth mentioning that thus far Rooney’s ambitions of captaining England at Euro 2016 aren’t in jeopardy.
The national team are keeping an eye on developments but the United skipper should recover well before he’s needed to lead the Three Lions out against Russia on June 11.
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