Freak head injury leaves Rooney out of derby…
Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney will miss his side’s crucial Premier League derby with Liverpool on Sunday, after picking up a freak head injury, reports the Mirror.
The 27-year-old forward suffered a nasty clash of heads with United and England teammate Phil Jones in his side’s preparation for their trip to Anfield on Sunday, which left him needing ten stitches.
Not only will Rooney miss the Liverpool match, but he is almost certainly out of England’s vital World Cup qualifying matches against Moldova and the Ukraine in September.
The injury is terrible timing for both the player, his club, and his country. Rooney’s future at Old Trafford was confirmed when the player refused to hand in a transfer request last week, and Chelsea signed 32-year-old Anzhi Makhachkala striker Samuel Eto’o instead.
His manager David Moyes said Rooney was raring to go for the Liverpool match, but will now have to choose another player to pull the attacking strings in the hole behind behind Robin Van Persie. Shinji Kagawa could play centrally, with Danny Welbeck and one of either Wilfried Zaha or Antonio Valencia playing from the flanks.
With the injury to Rooney, Moyes may step up his pursuit of a marquee summer signing he has so far missed out on.