Wayne Rooney has assured fans that his hamstring injury is ‘nothing to worry about’ despite it forcing him out of the whole of Manchester United’s 2013 Asian tour.
The 27-year-old will arrive back in Manchester tomorrow and immediately start a rehabilitation program back at Carrington but is expected to be out of action for at least a month.
Speaking on his official Facebook page, Rooney admitted he was gutted to have picked up the injury but remained optimisic.
“Gutted to have picked up a niggling injury especially as training was going so well, heading back to Manchester to have it assessed fully but early indications are nothing to worry about,” he said.
Rooney has grade two hamstring injury. Genuine. No choice but to fly home. Three weeks in hotels and on planes would have been dumb. #mufc
— Ian Ladyman (@Ian_Ladyman_DM) July 11, 2013
It’s terribly timed that Rooney managed to injure his hamstring on the first day of the tour because he will now come into the season without match fitness and when he plays without being sharp, he is a shadow of the player he normally is.
But for fans, Rooney’s injury is more than just bad timing.
This summer, he was always going to be the centre of a transfer saga after Ferguson said he handed in a transfer request but now that he won’t see David Moyes for three weeks, there is going to be even more speculation that he will be leaving Old Trafford.
And given that Rooney was supposed to be in his best shape in five years, the cynic inside me raises suspicion about the timing of the injury given that it is a hamstring injury, but hopefully it is nothing more than bad luck.
Rooney’s departure from the tour means that Danny Welbeck is now the only named striker out in Thailand with Javier Hernandez given rest following the Confederations Cup and Robin van Persie set to join the tour at a later date.