Wayne Rooney has been sent to a warm weather training camp to help him overcome his groin injury.
Manchester United desperately missed the influential Rooney in our 2-1 loss against Sunderland during the week and it was hoped that he would return in time for our crucial clash against Swansea this weekend, but it wasn’t to be.
“Well, with Wayne we’ve sent him away on a hot-weather break,” Moyes told reporters during his pre-match press conference.
“His groin isn’t quite recovered yet so we’ve sent the fitness coach with him and he’s away with his family. It will give Wayne a bit of break.
“We always hoped to be able to do it at some time in the season and the groin is not as good as we’d hoped. Hopefully we can get him fit for Chelsea but we’ll see how he is. He’s away and will do some work with the fitness coach.
The 28-year-old was sent to America previously back in 2010 at the time where his contract saga happened and there is no doubt going to be a lot of speculation linking him with a move away from United in the summer. Right now, media speculation about Rooney’s future is the last thing the club needed.
In his absence, Danny Welbeck has to take the bull by its horns and continue his fine goalscoring form because we really need to win the game on Saturday.
Moyes also confirmed that it is ‘going to be a little while’ before Robin van Persie returned to match fitness.
He said: “Robin is going to be a little while. We’ll do everything we can to get him back quickly.”
The sceptical mind may suggest that Moyes is pulling the wool over everybody’s eyes with Van Persie given that he returned to full training this week and hopefully he is. The thought of having to face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge without Rooney and Van Persie isn’t a good one.