Man Utd Handed Major Injury Boost Ahead Of Everton Clash
Manchester United have been handed a major injury boost ahead of their clash with Everton with Wayne Rooney expected to be fit to face his former side.
Manchester United have been handed a major injury boost ahead of their clash with Everton with Wayne Rooney expected to be fit to face his former side this weekend, according to the Daily Mail.
Rooney suffered an ankle injury while training with England towards the end of last week and was forced to miss Friday night’s victory over Estonia at Wembley.
With the Three Lions already qualified as group winners for the 2016 European Championship finals next summer, Roy Hodgson confirmed that he wouldn’t rush Rooney back for their trip to Lithuania tonight.
There were concerns that the 29-year-old may struggle to recover in time to face Everton this coming weekend, however, the Daily Mail claim that Rooney is now expected to shake-off the injury and make the trip to Goodison Park on Saturday afternoon.
The news will come as a welcome relief to Louis van Gaal as it would have been a real blow had the United skipper been sidelined heading in to what’s going to be an important run of games for the club.
After the Everton clash, the Red Devils travel to Russia to face CSKA Moscow in the Champions League next week before they entertain Manchester City in a huge Premier League showdown at Old Trafford on October 25th.
Having a fit and firing Rooney is going to be vital during that run and while his all-round game may not quite be up to his usual standard yet this season, Rooney has still managed seven goals in 13 games in all competitions – although it may be a bit of a worry that’s he’s got just one in his last eight league games.
Rooney has been dropped back in to a deeper No.10 role for much of the season with Anthony Martial now playing as the main striker, so perhaps that could explain his lack of goals in recent games, but van Gaal will be hoping his skipper finds the back of the net against his former club this weekend.
United head to Merseyside looking to bounce back from a bitterly disappointing 3-0 loss to Arsenal before the international break but they’ll face an Everton side that haven’t tasted defeat since the end of August, so they know it’s going to be a difficult game.
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