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Sunday, May 28, 2006

Rooney out of first two games

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Wayne Rooney got the results of his scan and now he knows he won't take part of the first two games of England. He must wait until June 14 to go through another medical review.

But Manchester United are concerned that Wayne may be persuaded to return from injury too quickly once he joins up with the England team in their camp tomorrow.

Sources close to the player claim the media and public interest in his metatarsal injury is beginning to affect the England forward and have warned the FA not to put him under unnecessary pressure.

It's important to notice that the FA and United have publicly played down any difference of opinion, and there is still considerable unease at United that England coach Sven Goran Eriksson may be unreasonably optimistic about Rooney's chances of taking part of the World Cup.

In fact, Eriksson said: "The fact he is flying out to Germany with us will give everyone a big lift. We are still hoping the second scan will show further improvement and that Wayne can play his part in Germany."

However, Manchester United staff, who have seen results from Rooney's scan last Thursday, still would not expect him to play any part in the monthlong tournament, even though he could theoretically be back in training by June 16. A United source said: 'There would have to be a dramatic improvement between now and the next scan on June 14 for the specialist even to think about allowing him to start training. It is not as straightforward as it might be.' United are particularly worried that the striker may be persuaded he can play long before he is back to fitness, such is his desire to play in the World Cup.

Next week Manchester United doctor Tony Gill, now overseeing Rooney's rehabilitation following the dismissal of Mike Stone, will continue to work with Wayne as England will be based at United's Carrington training ground for the friendly games with Hungary on Tuesday, and Jamaica.

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