Manchester United talisman Wayne Rooney is on track to return from injury for the club’s crunch Champions League second leg tie against Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday evening.
The England forward sustained the injury in last week’s 1-1 draw between the two teams, and missed the weekend's 4-0 thumping of Newcastle.
However, work done in a swimming pool over the weekend is thought to have bolstered his chances of recovery, and manager David Moyes is silently confident he will have his star man fit and available for selection.
“We have worked him hard on the bike and in the swimming pool, Friday and Saturday, and we will give him every opportunity to be fit,” said the Scot at the weekend.
Rooney is United’s joint top goalscorer with 17 goals along with Robin van Persie, and has found the net four times in his last four outings to help lift some of the pressure on his struggling manager.
Fans will be wary however of the prospect of rushing him back too early.
In 2010, when United met Bayern, he was brought back just a week into a three week absence through a hamstring injury picked up in the first leg, yet ultimately failed to reproduce the same form for the club or for England during their miserable World Cup campaign.
Javier Hernandez is thought to be on standby if Rooney fails to recover in time.
The game against Bayern will go a long way to determine if Champions League football will be present at the club next season.
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