Wayne Rooney’s hopes of a quick comeback from the nasty wound he sustained during Manchester United‘s 3-2 win over Fulham look certain to be dashed.
Rooney remained in hospital overnight as medical staff assessed the extent of the injury he sustained when Hugo Rodallega landed on him in stoppage time.
After the game, Sir Alex Ferguson said; “Wayne Rooney’s been whisked off to hospital immediately and it looks a bad one. I think he could be out for four weeks with a bad gash.” The injury was so bad it shocked surgeons and required dozens of stitches to repair the Manchester United striker’s thigh muscle.
Rooney returned home after going to hospital for a comfortable night. However, it seems inevitable he will miss England’s opening World Cup qualifiers against Moldova and Ukraine.
Rooney’s condition helped deflect attention away from the fact he did not feature in the United starting line-up, although Ferguson was at pains to stress there are “no problems” with the forward.
Instead of being paired with new signing Robin van Persie, Rooney was left on the bench as Ferguson kept faith with Shinji Kagawa following an opening defeat to Everton.
However, it must have been a blow to the striker’s pride if nothing else and the decision is bound to lead to talk of Rooney’s future, if only outside the club.
Certainly Ferguson was quick to quell such talk even as Rooney was heading to hospital.
“He and Robin van Persie are needing games,” said the Scot. “To start the two of them would have been too much. Wayne understood that. There is no problem. He played his part when he came on.”
Due to the injury, the 26-year-old striker will have just one start on his resume until he returns to the pitch. He started United’s first game of the season, which resulted in a 1-0 loss to Everton.