Sunday 25 February 2018

Rooney returns to Man United training, but he won't make instant return to action

Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Wayne Rooney returned to training with Manchester United on Tuesday morning, but he will not take part in their Europa League game against Saint-Etienne on Wednesday.

Reports suggested Rooney would miss United’s next match and their EFL Cup final date against Southampton at Wembley on Sunday, but the club captain gave a strong hint that he is close to full fitness as he took part in a full training session with his team-mates at their Carrington training base.

However, Rooney did not board the plane carrying United's players to France, as he was left behind to continue to work on his fitness.

Various newspaper claims that Rooney would be absent from what may be his final cup final appearance in a United shirt due to a tooth problem or a muscular injury, with United manager Jose Mourinho giving no indication whether his skipper will play a role at Wembley.

Rooney has been a regular starter for United in their EFL Cup run this season, but he has become something of a fringe player in Mourinho’s set-up since breaking the club’s all-time goal scoring record at Stoke last month.

Rumours persist that he could be sold to a Chinese Super League side before the end of this month, with United officials declining opportunities to dismiss those stories in recent days.

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