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Rooney 'fully mended' after painful injury year

Wayne Rooney has revealed he is only just pain-free again after the ankle injury that has blighted his past 12 months.

After scoring 32 goals for Manchester United last term before he suffered the first of a series of ankle injuries in the Champions League quarter-final with Bayern Munich, Rooney has found the net only five times this season.

However, there have been signs of a resurgence in the past few days. Against Arsenal on Saturday and Marseille on Tuesday, Rooney excelled from deeper positions.

And the 25-year-old has confirmed the improvement could be due to the state of his body.

"I feel sharp and fit again," said Rooney. "When I first got back playing for about two months I was still very aware of my ankle.

"It still felt weak so it had been on my mind. But now I am going in for tackles and am twisting and turning. It is fully mended. I am happy that is off my mind now."

Rooney may be able to offer some words of advice to team-mate Nani, who made a quicker-than-expected return from the severely gashed leg he sustained at Liverpool 11 days ago.

Not that the tackle from Jamie Carragher has gone out of his mind. In fact, he is still furious.

"I don't know what Carragher was thinking but I do know what he did was not football," said Nani.

"I don't want protection. I just want the referees to be fair."