Rooney injury terrible news

2010-03-31 17:14

Manchester - Wayne Rooney flew back to England on Wednesday with his right foot in a protective boot and will reportedly miss between two and four weeks with a twisted ankle.

The Manchester United striker was hurt in the final minute of Tuesday's 2-1 Champions League loss at Bayern Munich. He scored his 34th goal of the season in the second minute of the game at Allianz Arena.

The sight of Rooney lying on the turf in pain led to fears the England striker might be out for several months and could even miss the World Cup.

England coach Fabio Capello said the injury was terrible news.

"I think he will have a scan tomorrow," Capello said. "I'm not happy when a player from the England team is injured, it's terrible. It's not a good thing for me. I will speak to him this evening or tomorrow morning."

Sky Sports News, quoting unnamed sources, said an initial examination in Germany indicated that Rooney had only a sprain and wouldn't be sidelined longer than a month.

Rooney is extremely doubtful for Saturday's Premier League match with Chelsea at Old Trafford. The result is likely to have a major effect on the title race, with United only a point ahead of Chelsea at the top of the standings.

With Michael Owen out for the rest of the season, United would be left with Dimitar Berbatov as the team's only senior forward if Rooney, who has been in spectacular scoring form, is ruled out for a long spell.

England fans are also anxious about Rooney's fitness, with the World Cup kicking off June 11, as he is the team's most potent attacking weapon.

Rooney returned to some gloomy headlines in the papers.

"England's worst nightmare" said The Times, while the mass circulation Sun had one word: "Pray."

"Get well soon" said the Daily Mail alongside a photo of Rooney grimacing and lying on the turf in pain. "Please don't let this be the moment England's World Cup dream died."


  • GRboy - 2010-03-31 18:35

    Why all this fuss? All the big teams have been hit by injuries. Everton had more than halve their team injured at one stage. Most of the senior players at Arsenal has spent time on the sidelines with van Persie out for three months or longer. Liverpool has been without Torres for months. Why the song and dance about Rooney. Call a whambulance.

  • Shorts - 2010-03-31 18:39

    Check the worry in my eyes. Like his gum chewing boss, England will be far better off without him.

  • D.E.P. - 2010-03-31 19:29

    Without Rooney they will struggle. Besides after his early goal last night he was nowhere.... and untd looked average... For me it shows how they rely on him. Sure Torres has been injured... But where are Liverpool.. They'll be lucky to see Europe next year.

  • Sway - 2010-03-31 19:51

    Thanks Rooney, Gunners can now go on and claim the title!!

  • Caroline Bailey - 2010-03-31 21:51

    Hard luck Rooney. Get better soon so we can see you in action in Cape Town for the world cup. A sprained ankle only takes 6 weeks to cure so you should be fit by then. Holding thumbs. Bailey

  • Supafly - 2010-04-01 00:44

    @GRboy. You're so right, boet. Any team worth its championship and/or champions league's aspirations would never rely on one individual to get them there. Mr gum-chewer shud hav seen this coming before he showed a world class player like Tevez a finger and instead chose to babyseat Barbertov. The same goes for England. I don't see how they can inflate their expectations at this up coming world cup based on the fotunes of one man. They always do this to themselves. Any player with a British birth certificate with a tiny bit of potential, they tend to hail him as their answer to Maradona, Pele, Ronaldo (Brazil & Portugal), Rivaldo, etc. Yeah right! The way I see it, England has got as much of a chance of winning this yrs world cup as we (bafana) do and guess what, we're smart enough to be realistic about our chances, i.e. at best we'll reach the quarters, & shud we get to the semis that wud be an over-achievement, which would be great. Win the world cup! Yeah right!

  • AL @ ManU haters - 2010-04-01 08:46

    All you 1diots keep going on and on about one player. First it was Beckham, then Ronaldo now Rooney. These guys come and go and still UTD year after year are right on the top. @GRboy - you can`t really class Everton as a `BIG` team, wtf have they done?? @Supafly - where are Man City sitting with Tevez?? Absolutely nowhere!! It makes you think that the worlds most successful manager might actually know what he`s doing.

  • SuckMeBullocks - 2010-04-01 09:12

    Rooney, (or Shrek as I prefer to call him) is gone, woooo hooooo.... Glory glory f_g united.... glory glory batty united.... blah blah

  • Shocker - 2010-04-01 09:23

    Hey Sway , thanks for your post. So let me get this right, you are obviously a Arsenal fan and what you saying is that the only way the Gunners can win the title is if one of United's players get injured ...........hahahahaha what a tool, but you are right, becuase that is the only way Arsenal will ever win anything is when other teams top players get injured. You sound like a true Arsenal supporter , sounds like you have alot of faith in them .

  • Larry - 2010-04-01 09:43

    Good grief what terrible news? Dont really care he is not mercurial anyway, just an overrated pommie. This shall affect the SWC zip, as long as Messi, Kaka, Ronaldo, Eto, Henry, Ribery & Torres are there we dont need a skilless Rooney here in SA.

  • Ryan - 2010-04-01 10:07

    @GRboy - the question you have asked is self-explanatory , yeah some of the other Top 4 teams and teams lower down the table have had injury problems etc etc and it may have had an impact on their season , or not ,and admittedly there has not been the same media attention as Rooney's injury is causing but that is because ALL the other teams are just football teams that play in the EPL - Manchester United is a world-wide institution that epitomises English football and always have and always will generate that sort of attention . It is what seperates and elevates them from the rest of the EPL and other teams in world football ... Think back to The Busby Babes , the Munich Air Disaster , George Best , etc etc . There has always been a certain glamour attached to United that is absent from other teams . The EPL will always be associated with one team - United . Would Saturday's match generate as much attention if it was Chelsea against Everton ?

  • Duncan Edwards, if only he lived! - 2010-04-01 11:35

    Well said Ryan, the Man Utd vs Liverpool drew more viewers worldwide, than would an Arsenal vs Chelsea game, makes you think doesn't it? Also, based on Man United's consistant performance (quarters/semis) in the CL over the years allowed EUFA to allow a fourth team from England to participate in 2002, so at least thank them for that. Time for some of the reserves to show their grit, Federico, Mame. even Joshua.

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  • Man United 4Life - 2010-04-01 13:22

    @ Al & Ryan, very well put guys. @ all Arsenal supporters, saying it's a good thing Rooney's hurt, what are you saying now after your precious Fabregas got hurt lastnight? Don't wish harm on anyone else cos it'll come back & bite you in the ass. I hope they both have a speedy recovery. Go United.

  • Red Dev - 2010-04-01 14:12

    @Ryan , very eloquently put son . You have hit the nail on the head. Maybe now the rest of the chasing pack and their delusional supporters will shut.t.f.up . Chelski is a trumped up Johnny come lately team , and Arsenal may play carpet football blah blah blah but what have they won ? We won't even mention Everton's reserves - oops I meant Liverpool's first team . Speaking of Liverpool - do their supporters realise that Gerrard and Carragher are the only players currently in the first team and on the bench that have come through their academy - the last player to have come into the first team from the academy was Steven Warnock and he is now playing for Villa . Liverpool have even bigger problems than Rafa and Lucas I think .. From a United perspective I fear that this weekend will be the last straw for Sir Alex in terms of Berbatov . If he does not step up to the plate and perform like we know he is capable of performing then this may well be his last season in a Man United shirt and I cannot say that I would blame Sir Alex . The midfield boys need to bring their 'A' game as well - we need to neutralise Chelski's midfield the way we did to AC Milan . Assuming that the Roo only has a sprained ankle then he should be back in action pretty sharpish - good news for United and Blighty. We need a physical sort of striker upfront on Saturday - Diouf leading the line with Berbatov playing in the space between him and midfield sounds like a possibilty, with Nani on the left and Valencia on the right . But one never knows what Sir Alex will do - he is a wily old protaganist who has been down this particular road several times in the past and has always come through on top in the end .

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