England and Manchester united skipper Wayne Rooney won’t be part of England’s friendly game with Spain on Tuesday at Wembley after missing training on Monday due to a knee injury and is also a doubt for the red devils game against Arsenal on November 19 according to reports in the IB Times.
The skipper’s injury will be assessed to ascertain the extent of the damage and England’s interim manager Gareth Southgate revealed the injury wasn’t serious enough to prevent Wayne Rooney from being a part of the friendly game but he has been forced to withdraw the skipper in less than 24hrs to kick-off.
Gareth Southgate hinted that Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson would lead the three lions against Spain in Rooney’s absence while Manchester united would give an update about the skipper’s situation and also disclose if Wayne Rooney would available for the red devils clash with Arsenal immediately after the international break.
The England FA released a statement about Wayne Rooney’s situation and said:
“Wayne Rooney missed this morning’s training session due to a slight
knee problem. He pulled out of the England squad and has returned to
Manchester united for further assessment of the injury.”
It appears Wayne Rooney’s return to Old Trafford is to avoid causing more damage to the knee but it would be a huge concern for red devils manager Jose Mourinho who is already having a tough time in selecting the squad to face Arsenal because of injury crisis.
Eric Bailly and Chris Smalling are yet to return from injury while Zlatan Ibrahimovich would miss Arsenal’s visit to Old Trafford after picking up his fifth yellow card in United’s 3-1 victory over Swansea before the international break. Luke Shaw hasn’t played in United’s last six games while Maroaune Fellaini and Antonio Valencia are also doubtful to feature against Arsenal.