England striker Wayne Rooney should be fit in time for the World Cup after Manchester United confirmed he had suffered only “minor” ligament damage.
A club statement said: “We’re pleased to report that Wayne has not suffered a fracture (to his ankle). The scan revealed only minor ligament damage.”
It is not yet known how many games the striker will miss for United.
United manager Sir Alex Ferguson will give a further update on Rooney’s condition on Friday at 0930 BST.
The striker injured his ankle in United’s Champions League defeat by Bayern Munich on Tuesday. He is expected to miss Saturday’s vital Premier League clash against Chelsea and next week’s Champions League game against Bayern.
England boss Fabio Capello is understood to have already spoken to Ferguson about the 24-year-old’s condition.
Rooney has scored 34 goals for United this season and nine in England’s qualifying campaign for South Africa.