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Old Trafford striker picks up another knock and scares the life out of England supporters around the country.
Manchester United and England fans are waiting to hear the extent of an ankle injury suffered by striker Wayne Rooney in Tuesday’s 2-1 loss to Bayern Munich.
He turned his right ankle in the build-up to Bayern’s late winner in the Champions League, limping off the pitch and leaving the stadium on crutches.
Rooney, 24, is set for a scan and is a doubt for Saturday’s crunch Premier League game with title rivals Chelsea.
United boss Sir Alex Ferguson indicated the injury was “not terribly serious”.
However, Rooney’s situation will be a concern for Ferguson and England coach Fabio Capello, coming 10 weeks before the start of the World Cup finals in South Africa.
“He has obviously hurt his ankle,” added Ferguson. “It is too early to say. I don’t think it’s terribly serious but we’ll wait and see.”
Rooney has been in scintillating form this season, scoring 34 goals in all competitions including 26 in 29 league matches, and is regarded as being key to England’s hopes of World Cup glory.
It was an eventful night for the striker, who opened the scoring for United with a close-range volley after only 66 seconds before deflecting in Franck Ribery’s free-kick for Bayern’s equaliser.
And in the dying moments of the game, Rooney then appeared to be in severe pain after landing awkwardly on his right ankle. He left the ground on crutches and with his foot in a protective cast. (BBC Sport)
Clearly this is news that will worry the hell out of both Manchester United and England supporters but with any luck its nothing more than a knock. Its an interesting situation for some football fans to be in. Clearly those who do not like the Old Trafford outfit a great deal would normally wish a plague upon their playing squad (especially those who are hoping that Chelsea and Arsenal can beat them to the Premier League title) but now that their fate is intertwined with that of the national team ahead of the World Cup its a different kettle of fish.
There will be some at Stamford Bridge who will wince whenever Rooney is challenged (if indeed he is fit for that big fixture) and even though Blues fans will hope that when John Terry comes up against the prolific striker he gets stuck in they will probably hope that he doesn’t do him much damage, such is the importance placed on the 24 year old. Perhaps too much emphasis is being placed on the England man and its a little worrying that so much is being placed on the former Everton man’s shoulders.