Friday, October 16, 2009

Rooney out but Owen and Van der Sar return

Wayne Rooney has been ruled out of Bolton's visit to Old Trafford on Saturday but Edwin van der Sar and Michael Owen will both be involved.

Sir Alex confirmed on Friday morning that Rooney will miss the fixture with a calf injury sustained on international duty.

"Rooney's definitely out... but I certainly hope he'll be fit for Liverpool [next Sunday]. Because it's a calf strain we know how difficult these things can be."

That disappointment is offset by Michael Owen's recovery from a groin strain and van der Sar's return between the posts.

"Edwin's fit and he will play," Sir Alex said. "He played for the Reserves about 10 days ago and came through that fine – it was a confidence booster. He's trained for a while now but because it was a hand injury, you don't take any chances."

United's only other concern surrounds Darren Fletcher. The midfielder picked up an injury while training with Scotland in the recent international break.

"I think everyone else is okay," the manager said. "There are one or two bumps and bruises but nothing serious. And after the disappointment of Sunderland, this is an important game for us."

Written by Paul Grippo, a 'Crazy' United fan.
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