Ferguson confirms Rooney injury after missing Newcastle clash
Published 26/12/2012 | 18:21
Rooney missed United's 4-3 win over Newcastle this afternoon and Red Devils manager Alex Ferguson confirmed the striker will miss the remainder of the festive programme.
"It was a volley towards the end of training," said Ferguson.
"He did a ligament at the back of his knee and could be out for two to three weeks."
He also faces a race against time to face Liverpool at Old Trafford on January 13.
And for Ferguson it was a particularly disappointing given Rooney's poor performance at Swansea on Sunday.
"After his performance on Sunday I think he would have been brilliant today. You don't have two performances like he did on Sunday," said Ferguson.
"Unfortunately we couldn't risk him."
It was part of a negative fitness bulletin from the United boss, even if details of exact injuries were sketchy.
"Danny Welbeck took ill in the team hotel last night," he said.
And, while skipper Nemanja Vidic was on the bench today, Ferguson did not want to use him after the centre-back made his first start since September at the Liberty Stadium.
"We couldn't risk Vida after playing his first game," said Ferguson.
"He had a bit of soreness in his knee, which is only to be expected after being out for so long."