Sir Alex Ferguson has said that Wayne Rooney’s ankle injury could keep him out for longer than previously expected.
The Manchester United striker picked up the knock in training last week, and after initially being ruled out for three weeks, Rooney faces an extended spell on the sidelines.
“I think it may be longer,” Ferguson responded when asked the question whether Rooney would be returning in three weeks.
The Scot also announced that the England international had gone to Dubai to rest his injury, and his absence had nothing to do with him being removed from the spotlight after he submitted a transfer request – subsequently withdrawn – last week.
“There is no recovery, it is just rest,” Ferguson added.
“Before he went away we did his remedial in terms of what we could do at the time. Thereafter, rest – we’re quite happy with that.”