Louis van Gaal has revealed that Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney will make his comeback this week, but not in Sunday’s Premier League trip to Tottenham Hotspur.
Instead, the England skipper will line up for United’s U21s against Middlesbrough on Monday as he looks to work his way back to fitness after nearly two months out of action.
Van Gaal told Sky Sports of Rooney: “No (he won’t play at Tottenham). He’s playing for the under-21s.
“It’s going very well. He has trained with us two times, only two times so it’s not too much. He has to build up his capacity in the 21s team at home to Middlesbrough.”
According to Sky Sports, Rooney might feature in Wednesday’s FA Cup quarter-final replay with West Ham United, depending on how he pulls up after his run out with the kids.
Rooney has not played since suffering knee ligament damage in February’s loss to Sunderland, and he sat out England’s recent double header against Germany and Netherlands.
The 30-year-old striker’s place in Roy Hodgson’s starting lineup for Euro 2016 this summer is arguably coming under threat from the likes of Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy.
But he was in prolific form prior to his injury setback, bagging seven goals in nine games, and also became England’s all-time leading scorer during the qualifying campaign.
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