Ferguson won't risk Rooney against Bayern Munich

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Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has admitted Wayne Rooney is a major doubt for tomorrow's Champions League clash with Bayern Munich.

Ferguson said Rooney has "no chance" of featuring in the second leg of the quarter-final at Old Trafford, but then admitted there was a slim chance the England striker could be involved as a substitute.

Rooney suffered an ankle ligament injury in the closing stages of last week's first leg in Munich.

When asked today about Rooney initially, Ferguson said: "He's got no chance.

"We've made some good progress with the lad, the medical team have done fantastic, but I'm not prepared to take a risk on a player who is not 100% fit."

Ferguson then added: "The boy is making good progress. The medical team have done a fantastic job but it is an ankle injury the same as any other ankle injury.

"You can't take a risk with a player who is not 100%.

"I don't think he will be on the bench although he might talk me into it, it is a difficult one."

Rooney did not take part in the open section of United's morning training session at Carrington.

Ferguson stated last week that the England forward would be missing for at least a fortnight, but there has since been speculation that he could be involved tomorrow, when United will look to overturn a 2-1 deficit.

The rumours intensified after Saturday's home defeat to Chelsea, which has made the Stamford Bridge outfit favourites to clinch the Premier League title.

One piece of good news for Ferguson is the likely availability of John O'Shea, who has not played since suffering complications in his recovery from a dead leg sustained in the Republic of Ireland's World Cup play-off defeat to France in November.

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