Wayne Rooney has not played a minute of football for Manchester United this summer and trained away from the first team this week to try and help him overcome a shoulder injury.
Injury? What injury? Despite not being fit enough to play for United against Wigan on Sunday, Rooney was in full flight at England training ahead of their match with Scotland on Wednesday. He was the first outfield player out on the training pitch a full 28 minutes before the rest of the squad came out and was in full flow according to the Daily Mirror.
Rooney wants to play. Being out on the training pitch nearly half an hour before his teammates wasn’t a coincidence. He wanted to make it known that he was fit and ready to play football. If Rooney wasn’t fit, he wouldn’t have gone away on England duty and the fact he is going to play just three days after our Community Shield match, a game he missed through injury, is a real indication of how his future at United looks bleak.
Moyes is keeping him away from the first team until his future is resolved. Whether that is Rooney staying at the club remains to be seen but the 27-year-old is sending a clear message to Moyes with his eagerness at England training – he is fit and wants to play football.
It is unlikely that Moyes will use Rooney against Swansea given that he hasn’t had any match practice this pre-season but after he plays against Scotland, United won’t be able to use the injury card again and we can expect some questions to finally be answered.