Saturday 24 March 2018

Manchester United handed a welcome injury boost ahead of Arsenal showdown

Jose Mourinho
Jose Mourinho
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney will be fit to face Arsenal at Old Trafford on Saturday, despite picking up a knee injury while on England duty.

Rooney was allowed to return to United early after struggling in an England training session on Sunday, with a scan confirming he has suffered a minor knee problems.

Now it has been confirmed that he set to be fit for United’s next match, with the decision on his inclusion in Jose Mourinho’s team likely to be the next topic of discussion in the coming days.

Rooney made a successful return to the United line-up for their game against Swansea in the last round of Premier League matches, with Mourinho now set to decide whether he will figure, with lead striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic ruled out through suspension.

Meanwhile, a spokesman for Rooney has responded to images published in The Sun of the England captain partying on Sunday night, amid suggestions that he was intoxicated on a night out that had been sanctioned by England squad chiefs.

“Wayne, along with the rest of the England squad, was on a night off duty. Rather than going out, he chose to stay at the team hotel to relax and celebrate a fine England victory against Scotland,” the statement read.

“During the course of the evening he was approached by numerous fellow guests for autographs and pictures. As he has always been, Wayne was happy to sign, pose for photos and chat with guests. It is sad that one or two of them have now sought to turn Wayne's friendly good nature to their advantage.”

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