Man Utd Team News: Moyes Offers Update On Rooney, Evans, Van Persie + More
David Moyes has given an injury update on Rooney, van Persie, Evans, Felllaini and Rafael ahead of Manchester United’s trip to Goodison Park to face Everton.
Manchester United face a tough trip to Goodison Park where David Moyes will take on his former club Everton on Sunday afternoon.
Ahead of the game, the United boss has been speaking at his pre-match press conference this afternoon and gave ManUtd.com a team news and injury update including the latest on Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie, Marouane Fellaini, Jonny Evans and Rafael.
Rooney picked up a toe injury during the first leg of United’s Champions League quarter final defeat against Bayern Munich and was forced to have a pain-killing injection to get through the second leg in Germany last week. However, Moyes has confirmed that the 28-year-old has trained this week and should be in contention to face his former club on Sunday.
Fellaini has also been training this week after missing the trip to the Allianz Arena through injury and is expected to be available to return to Goodison for the first time since leaving last summer, but while Evans is progressing well from his calf strain, this weekend may come too soon and the defender could join Rafael on the sidelines.
Moyes also confirmed that van Persie is still in Holland continuing his rehabilitation from a knee injury that he picked up during the closing stages of the clubs 3-0 win over Olymipakos last month, but no comeback date has been set for the Dutch international.
Here’s what Moyes told the clubs website:
“Rooney trained great this week and has been in really good form. We’re getting him hopefully back as he wasn’t quite right with his toe at times. He’s trained great though,” explained Moyes.
“Felli didn’t play against Bayern but we expect him back fit because he has trained all week. Evans is making progress but Rafa is the one player not available.”
“Robin is in Holland and improving but we always thought it would be four to six weeks,”
“We’ll have a better assessment in the next week or so as we’ll see how he is coming along. Our medical team is heading out there to see him this week to get a better feel as to exactly where he is.”
United head into the Everton game sitting seventh in the table and a full 10 points adrift of fourth-placed Arsenal, so realistically the former champions main aim should be to try and secure a place in the Europa League next season, and victory at Goodison would go a long way to closing the gap on sixth-placed Tottenham..
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