Friday 15 December 2017

Rooney winning race for City clash

Mark Ogden

Wayne Rooney is winning his race to recover from the ankle injury sustained in Manchester United's Champions League exit to Bayern Munich in time to be named in Alex Ferguson's side for Saturday's Manchester derby.

Rooney surprisingly started last Wednesday's 3-2 second-leg win against the Bundesliga leaders, but was removed on 53 minutes after suffering an injury to the same ankle which saw him hobbling away from the Allianz Arena after the first leg.

That gave rise to concerns that Rooney's rapid return to action had exacerbated the problem, a fear hardly helped by his absence from the United team for last Sunday's goalless draw at Blackburn.

The England international attended a light training session at United's Carrington base on Monday and is being monitored by medical staff, but is confident he will be fit to make the trip to Eastlands to face Roberto Mancini's in-form Manchester City. United will also welcome the news that Ryan Giggs, who appeared to strain his hamstring at Ewood Park, also expects to be fit for a game Ferguson's side must win to have any hope of reeling in Premier League leaders Chelsea, though captain Rio Ferdinand, who has a groin injury, remains a doubt after undergoing a scan on the problem yesterday.

Without Rooney, Ferguson will turn to the much-maligned Dimitar Berbatov. Despite speculation, the Bulgarian's agent, Emil Danchev, insisted his client's future remains at Old Trafford.

"Alex has made his opinion known on this issue. I do not think that he has to re-affirm his confidence in Mitko (Berbatov) every other day. I prefer to trust Ferguson." (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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