Manchester United boss Alex Ferguson has confirmed that Wayne Rooney will play no part in Sunday’s trip to face Liverpool.
Rooney suffered a gash to this thigh during last month’s 4-3 win over Fulham and was due to be out for two months, but the striker returned to training ahead of schedule this week prompting reports that he may be due for a surprise comeback at Anfield.
“I know there were reports in the paper about Rooney being possible, but that is not the case. He’s not far away, I think he may be fine for next week,” Ferguson said.
“He’s doing a lot of great training and has been working hard. It’s just a matter of getting him into the full football training side of things, which he has done part of.”
Ashley Young could play but Ferguson says he will not risk exacerbating his condition by rushing him back into action.
“Ashley Young has got a bruised cartilage – I think it’s going to take two or three weeks more. We’re just taking our time with that one.
You can easily play with it and train but we’re not going down that road, we want to make sure he’s okay.
“We get a lot of experiences these days of these injuries reoccurring when they come back too quickly and we don’t want that with the players – we want to give them a full recovery. He should be okay with two or three weeks’ time.”