Is bad luck for United good news for England?
Manchester United announced on Thursday that Wayne Rooney suffered only “minor ligament damage” to his ankle in Tuesday’s Champions League match against Bayern Munich.
“We’re pleased to report that Wayne has not suffered a fracture,” a United spokesperson said and manager Alex Ferguson will say how many games his in-form striker is likely to miss at his news conference on Friday before Saturday’s top-of-the-table Premier League clash against Chelsea.
Rooney, who has scored 34 goals this season, sparked fears he would miss England’s World Cup campaign in South Africa when he limped out of United’s 2-1 quarter-final first-leg defeat at the Allianz Arena.
He looks certain to miss the Chelsea match and probably the second leg against Bayern on Wednesday but could United’s misfortune turn out to be a blessing for England?
A rest of several weeks from the twin demands of the Premier League and European competition might leave Rooney refreshed and revitalised for England’s World Cup bid, the success of which will depend heavily on the 24-year-old’s shoulders.
PHOTO: Manchester United and England striker Wayne Rooney leaves Bridgewater Hospital in Manchester, northern England March 31, 2010. REUTERS/Phil Noble.