Tuesday 12 December 2017

Moyes faces striker crisis after latest Rooney woe

United boss may head into busy festive period without both first-choice front men

Manchester United's Wayne Rooney may be joining Robin van Persie on the sidelines
Manchester United's Wayne Rooney may be joining Robin van Persie on the sidelines
Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie
Manchester United manager David Moyes

Jamie Holland

JUST when it looked as if the tide was turning for David Moyes, the Manchester United boss has suffered a new setback with Wayne Rooney a fresh injury doubt.

The United boss could now face into the busy Christmas period without both first-choice strikers after Moyes confirmed that Rooney was ruled out of last night's League Cup quarter-final clash against Stoke City with a groin injury.

The 28-year-old was ruled out just before kick-off of the weather-hit quarter-final at the Britannia Stadium, which United won 2-0 to earn a semi-final date against Sunderland.

When asked whether Rooney would be fit for the busy festive schedule, Moyes replied: "We hope so."

United are already without Robin van Persie, last season's leading scorer, and are scheduled to play four league games between December 21 and January 1. The Dutchman, who will be sidelined for a month with a thigh strain, could return for the league match against Chelsea on January 19.

Rooney has been one of United's most impressive performers, scoring 12 goals in 26 appearances, during an inconsistent season for the club.

The reigning Premier League champions, who are 10 points adrift of league leaders Arsenal, host West Ham on Saturday. After hosting the Hammers, United travel to Hull City on Thursday followed by a trip to Norwich City 48 hours later.

Meanwhile, West Ham United piled more misery on managerless Tottenham Hotspur by coming from behind to book their place in the League Cup semi-final against Manchester City with a 2-1 win at White Hart Lane.

Emmanuel Adebayor volleyed Spurs ahead in the 67th minute. But the north Londoners' defensive frailties were exposed again as Matt Jarvis equalised with 10 minutes left and Modibo Maiga headed the winner shortly afterwards.

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