Wayne Rooney injury: Manchester United striker may be forced to miss Bayern Munich clash with toe injury
Injured sustained in tackle which lead to Schweinsteiger red card has left Rooney as a major doubt for Wednesday's crucial second leg
Saturday 05 April 2014
Manchester United talisman Wayne Rooney is a major doubt for next week’s Champions League clash with Bayern Munich after suffering a toe injury during in the first leg draw.
Rooney, who is United’s joint leading goal scorer with 17 in all competitions this term, suffered the injury in the tackle that lead to Bayern midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger being sent off and accusing Rooney of diving.
The 28-year-old will undergo tests on a suspected hairline fracture and has been ruled out of Saturday’s away game against Newcastle in order to try and regain fitness and be ready for the trip to Germany next week.
David Moyes is already without Dutch striker Robin van Persie who is sidelined for up to six weeks with a sprained knee and now faces an agonising wait to see if Rooney will be able to lead the attack for United at the Allianz Arena.
"It will be touch and go for Wayne for Wednesday," said Moyes, "It’s a toe injury and they are never easy. You could see him limping in the game towards the end quite badly.
"There is not an awful lot you can do with a toe injury. Sometimes you can feel better quite quickly and sometimes you need an injection possibly to play with it if it is bruising.
"You have to make sure there isn’t a hairline fracture or crack in your toe. We will have all that checked."
With both main strikers out for United, Danny Welbeck is likely to lead the line in the return leg.
Welbeck had a mixed night during the Tuesday’s draw, being United’s main threat going forward but squandering their best chance on the night when he was through one-on-one but saw he’s chip saved by Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer.
Moyes said on the Welbeck's miss: "I think I was more annoyed because I thought “what an opportunity, go on, slot it in”.
"I actually thought the goalkeeper gave him a little bit of an angle to the side. So I was more disappointed he didn’t take it because it was a big chance in a game like that. I was annoyed he hadn’t taken that on and had a go at passing it down the side of him.
"But he played well in midweek. I think he has the fear factor because he has the ability to run away from people. He’s got really strong upper body strength, which sometimes people don’t give him credit for.
"There have always been questions about his finishing when he gets in, and you would back that up with the other night. Last year, he only scored two goals but this year you would say he’s had a contribution and his goals have been important to us at different times, so I’d like to think he’s got better."
United travel to German for Wednesday night’s quarter-final second leg needing to score at least once if there are to have any chance of reaching the next round.
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