Both Carlos Tevez and Wayne Rooney are expected to be fit for the Manchester derby.
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Wayne Rooney believes he will be fit for a powder-keg return against Manchester City at Eastlands in two weeks’ time.
The Manchester United forward is in Dubai recovering from an ankle injury that, he was told, would keep him out of a derby clash with the club who last week tried to sign him.
Rooney, however, is confident his recovery will pick up pace in the coming days and that he will be ready to confound United medical staff and face City on November 10.
Rooney is known for returning early from injury, notably in last season’s Champions League quarter-final against Bayern Munich. He was told he was out for three weeks after damaging ankle ligaments in the first leg but returned a week later for the return. (Daily Mail)
Quite why Wayne Rooney’s propensity to return early from injury is deemed an asset in the Daily Mail remains open to debate, given that the example they provide was the point on which his incredible goalscoring season effectively ended. In addition, Rooney has been rushed back to fitness to poor effect in each of the last two World Cups – and failed to live up to his potential.
Still, his presence on the United bench at least would be a psychological boost for Sir Alex Ferguson’s side, who would be able to flaunt their prime asset in front of the team that reportedly tried to sign him.
Meanwhile, Carlos Tevez is expected to have recovered from his minor thigh strain in time for the match – and his brilliant form this season makes him the likeliest of Roberto Mancini’s players to haunt Manchester United again.