Rooney to make Norwich return

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Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney will be available for the weekend visit of Norwich City, Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed.

The England forward missed last Saturday's trip to Stoke City and the mid-week Champions League tie against Basel, nursing a hamstring injury.

Javier Hernandez, who picked up a dead leg in the early stages at the Britannia Stadium and missed the game with Basel has also recovered in time to face the Canaries.

Ferguson said: "Wayne and Hernandez are fit for tomorrow. They trained very well yesterday, which is pleasing."

News of Rooney's return comes as a boost to Fabio Capello, whose England side face Montenegro in their final Euro 2012 qualifier next week, requiring a draw to secure their place in next years finals.


Furthermore, with the severity of Rooney's injury unknown, fears had grown the 25-year-old would miss a significant portion of United's season.

The Scottish boss also confirmed that United will be without defensive pair Nemanja Vidic and Chris Smalling, along with midfielder Tom Cleverley, although the trio could return after the upcoming international break in time to face Liverpool.

"We'll hopefully have Jonny Evans back too," Ferguson added. "At the moment we're making too many changes in the back four so hopefully his return will help us with the defensive part.

"Vidic, Cleverley and Smalling should be ready after the internationals and available for Liverpool.

"People will say our performance was careless [against Basel] and that we underestimated our opponents. I think there's an element of truth in that and we have to do better defensively."

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