Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson admits Wayne Rooney is doubtful for Saturday’s meeting with Chelsea after limping off in Tuesday’s Champions League quarter-final against Bayern Munich.
The Manchester United striker hobbled off in the closing seconds of the Red Devils’ 2-1 defeat at the Allianz Arena.
Rooney looked to be in some pain as he left the field and Ferguson accepts that he may be unavailable for a top of the table clash with Chelsea at Old Trafford this weekend.
“He has got a kick to the ankle, we will just have to wait and see tomorrow (Wednesday),” Ferguson said.
“Hopefully it’s not too serious. He may be doubtful for Saturday but we don’t know, it’s too early to say.”
Rooney could also be a doubt for the return date with Bayern next Wednesday, as United look to overturn their first leg deficit.
Rooney’s situation will also be a concern for England coach Fabio Capello, coming 10 weeks before the start of the World Cup finals in South Africa.
Bayern coach Louis van Gaal said he hoped that Rooney’s injury was not too serious.
“Rooney is very important for Manchester United,” he said. “He is their most important player.
“Rooney is so important for Man Utd and I hope for them that he is not seriously injured.”
Ferguson admitted afterwards that United were a long way from their best, but believes their away goal could be key in the tie.
“We didn’t play well enough to be honest, we kept giving the ball away. We caused our own defeat,” he said.
“Bayern were the better team, we can’t complain about that, but we’re better than that in possession. We kept giving it away and that was our downfall.
“The first goal was a bit of luck with a deflection but the last goal, I don’t know how you describe it. The game was done and we gave a terrible goal away.”
He added: “Old Trafford will be a different game, obviously.
“We will be much better, no doubt about that, and hopefully we can recover.
“We have the away goal and we’ll go out to win the game.”