Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho doubts Wayne Rooney can return from injury for the match against Middlesbrough.
Wayne Rooney will be unavailable for Manchester United’s New Year’s Eve fixture against Middlesbrough. United manager Jose Mourinho couldn’t settle down on what the actual injury is, but said his captain isn’t fit.
It is understood that Rooney suffered a muscle injury during training on Christmas Day. He was therefore, left out of the squad due to this injury for their Boxing Day clash against Sunderland on Monday. The Reds went on to win the match 3-1, with Daley Blind, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and Henrikh Mkhitaryan scoring the goals for the home side.
When asked if Rooney will return for the upcoming PL game, Mourinho replied: “Honestly I don’t think so, I hope so, I would like, he is always a player I would like to have him, but I have my little doubts.
“But let’s see, the evolution. It’s a stretched muscle, I don’t know if in English the name is the same. It’s a big muscle and it’s surrounded by others. You can have an injury there and still be able to move well, but we was not feeling very confident. So it is not a big deal, but in four days I have my doubts.”
The England international has been involved in 12 Premier League goals this season, and has full confidence of his Portuguese boss. Meanwhile, United currently remain 6th in the Premier League table, with 33 points from 18 games.