Van Gaal unsure of Rooney’s fitness for Stoke

by Richard Laverty

Louis van Gaal says Wayne Rooney has told him he should be fit for the Stoke City game despite picking up several knocks during different parts of the game.

The Manchester United captain was once again in the thick of it from the off and picked up a kick on the achilles shortly after he’d put United ahead from former red Robbie Brady.

In typical fashion, Rooney quickly ran the problem off but picked up another knock right at the end of the match when he collided with the advertising hoardings on the side of the Old Trafford pitch.

Rooney limped back on to the field and received treatment at full-time and fans will hope it was just an impact injury and that Rooney can take his place against Stoke on Tuesday night.

Speaking after the game, van Gaal said: “Wayne, I don’t know. He said he would be fit for Stoke. I hope he is because he is in great form.”

Rooney is in a real purple patch of form right now, scoring five goals in his last four games for club of country including his last two matches for United.

The captain is United’s key attacking threat right now with Robin van Persie out of form and Angel Di Maria added to the injury list, so supporters will hope he’s able to lead out the team once again on Tuesday night.


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