Sunday 22 October 2017

Wayne Rooney could miss Sunderland trip with ankle problem

Wayne Rooney is struggling with an ankle injury
Wayne Rooney is struggling with an ankle injury

Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney could miss this weekend's trip to Sunderland due to ankle problems.

The 31-year-old has found playing time hard to come by this season, although may well have an important role to play during a chaotic end to the campaign.

United had to do without Rooney against former club Everton as ankle pain kept him out of Tuesday evening's 1-1 draw.

Jose Mourinho has confirmed the issue also means the club's all-time top scorer is facing a race against time to be fit for Sunday's trip to embattled Sunderland.

"Two ankles, so I don't know," the United boss said. "But I don't think it is so easy to recover in a couple of days."

Asked if the injury was sustained in training or just an after-effect, Mourinho added: "After the game".

Chris Smalling, Phil Jones and Juan Mata are others definitely out of the Stadium of Light clash through injuries Mourinho says will keep the trio out for a "long time".

Antonio Valencia, so impressive at right-back this season, is set to return after being rested against Everton.

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