Rooney on the way back
Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney has confirmed that he expects to be back in action at the start of April.
Rooney is battling to recover from a knee ligament injury that has kept him out of action since United’s 2-1 defeat against Sunderland on February 13th, yet it seems as if he is edging closer to a recovery.
United boss Louis van Gaal was reluctant to put a timescale on Rooney’s comeback, which sparked rumours of a setback for the 30-year-old striker, but he offered a more upbeat version of events as he spoke to reporters as United confirmed a sponsorship deal with Gulf Oil International.
“It is going as planned,” Rooney told reporters. “It is going how we first thought. It is going well so hopefully it won't be too long now.
“I don't know for definite but it could be after the international break, obviously I will miss the England games, but it shouldn't be too long after that.
“It is not too bad. We are being a bit cautious. It is a difficult one to try and push. If I try and push and be involved now it could cause more damage. So we are being cautious. After the international break is a more realistic target.”
Rooney also confirmed he will be fit and ready for England’s Euro 2016 campaign this summer, after reports suggested he may be an injury doubt for the finals in France.
“I am hoping if I am back when I am expected to be back, depending on the two cups we are still in, then there could be 10 games left for United plus the England friendly games so I don’t think that would be a worry,” he added.