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Manchester United boss David Moyes has sent Wayne Rooney for some warm weather training in a desperate attempt to get him fit for the January 19 trip to Chelsea.

Both Rooney and strike partner Robin van Persie will miss this evening's Premier League encounter with Swansea at Old Trafford. "We have sent Wayne away on a hot weather break," said Moyes. "His groin has not quite recovered yet.

"We have sent a fitness coach with him. He's away with the family. Hopefully, we will get him fit for Chelsea."

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, meanwhile, has refused to be drawn on reports of renewed interest in the striker, who is entering the final 18 months of his contract at Old Trafford.

"I don't want to speak about it," Mourinho said. "We play Man United in a few days. I don't think it's nice to speak about a Man United player.

"You have to ask him (Rooney). You have to ask the player. And Man United, because Man United has a contract with the player that doesn't end at the end of the season."

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