Bangkok - Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney faces a month on the sidelines
after suffering a hamstring injury training in Thailand on their tour
of the Far East and Australia, the English champions said on Thursday.
27-year-old will be doubtful for the Community Shield clash with FA Cup
winners Wigan Athletic at Wembley in the traditional season curtain
raiser on August 11 before United begin their Premier League title defence
at Swansea City a week later.
He could also miss England's friendly with Scotland at Wembley on August 14.
"Following a scan this evening on a hamstring injury
sustained in training, it has been decided that Wayne Rooney should
return home immediately for further assessment and rehabilitation,"
United said on their website.
"It is anticipated he will be unavailable for
selection for a month," added the statement as Rooney prepared to fly
back to England from Bangkok for treatment.
Rooney has been the
subject of transfer speculation since retired United manager Alex
Ferguson said at the end of last season the England forward had asked to
leave the club.
However, new United coach Moyes reiterated on Wednesday the striker was not for sale and would not be leaving Old Trafford.
have met Wayne two, three, four times. A lot has been said about myself
and Wayne over the years but we have a really good relationship," said
the Scot, who was manager of Everton when Rooney began his career on
"He is training great. They are telling me it is the
best shape they have seen him in for a long time... I am going to try
and get the best Wayne Rooney I possibly can."
Moyes has, however, stopped short of saying Rooney has changed his mind about wanting to leave the club.
suffered a series of injuries last season, including groin and knee
problems, and even when he was playing his form and fitness came under
Having netted 27 league goals in the 2011/12 season, he
did not manage even half that number last term with just 12 as last
year's new arrival Robin van Persie became the team's leading scorer.
forced to play out wide or in midfield, Rooney was left out of the
United team for their biggest match of the season at home to Real Madrid
in the Champions League, fuelling further speculation about his future
at the club.
United open their tour against a Singha All-Star X1
in Bangkok on Saturday and will also play in Sydney, Yokohama, Osaka and
Hong Kong before facing AIK in Stockholm on August 6.
left Manchester without captain Nemanja Vidic, who is struggling with
sciatica. The club said it was not serious and expected the Serbia
centre back to join them at some point.