Englishman was absent for the Red Devils’ 1-1 draw in Donetsk on Wednesday night.
Manchester United front man Wayne Rooney should be back in action in time to take part in England’s crucial Fifa World Cup qualifying double header with Montenegro and Poland later this month after suffering a shin injury in training with the Premier League champions, according to reports in the Daily Mail.
The England international did not feature for David Moyes’s side in their Uefa Champions League encounter with Shakhtar Donetsk at the Donbass Arena on Wednesday night after being struck on his shin by team-mate Danny Welbeck at Carrington in the buildup to the trip to Ukraine.
However, the Scot has since revealed that he does not think the problem is too serious, and that Rooney may even be back in time to play against Sunderland in the Premier League at the Stadium of Light on Saturday evening in front of the live Sky TV cameras.
“My plan wasn’t to use Wayne Rooney,” said Moyes. “He picked up a crack in the shin and it’s swollen up. He was going to be on the bench but he has not been able to make it.
“I think he will be okay for Saturday. We could have risked him but we decided not to.”
All of which will be of huge relief to England manager Roy Hodgson, who is relying on his key striker to be able to score the goals to send the Three Lions all the way to next summer’s World Cup finals in Brazil.
England currently top Group H on the road to Rio with just two qualifiers now left to play, both of which are at Wembley Stadium later this month against rivals Montenegro and Poland, and were the home side to win both of those ties, then they will be guaranteed a place at Brazil 2014.