Despite being sent abroad to recover the forward is likely to be absent.
There is some bad news for Manchester United ahead of their eagerly anticipated Premier League clash with Chelsea on Sunday as Wayne Rooney is set to miss out, reports the Daily Mail.
Rooney was sent to Egypt last week as a warm weather break was expected to aid the England international’s recovery to fitness, but it’s unlikely the forward will play against the Blues or even Sunderland in the League Cup on January 22.
Manager David Moyes may well be tempted to take a gamble with the 28-year-old for the important clash at Stamford Bridge – especially with the continued absence of Robin Van Persie.
However, Danny Welbeck has been filling in brilliantly whilst the two senior attackers have been out injured and the 23-year-old has six goals in the striker’s last six league games.
Rooney has also been in good form though, although Moyes may have one eye on the clash with the Black Cats as United trail 2-1 from the first leg.
The League Cup could be the Scot’s only realistic chance of silverware during the 50-year-old’s first year in charge at Old Trafford and may want the Englishman in the starting XI for that tie.
It’s been a difficult first term for Moyes with the Red Devils after succeeding Sir Alex Ferguson in the summer, as the English champions are currently 11 points off league leaders Arsenal.
They were also eliminated at the third round stage of the FA Cup after a home defeat to Swansea City, but are through to the last-16 of the Champions League.
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