Jose Mourinho has expressed doubt over Wayne Rooney‘s availability for Manchester United’s clash with Sunderland on Sunday, noting that the Englishman was contending with two ankle injuries ahead of the visit to the Stadium of Light.
Rooney was handed a rare chance to impress in the Premier League against West Bromwich Albion, replacing Henrikh Mkhitaryan in the second half.
He was, however, not included in the match-day squad that stumbled to a 1-1 draw with Everton on Tuesday night.
And Mourinho, speaking after the game, noted that the 31-year-old was currently harbouring two ankle knocks and would most likely not feature against David Moyes’ side.
“Two ankles, so I don’t know,” he said, “I don’t know but two ankles, I don’t think it’s easy to recover in a couple of days.”
The 54-year-old went on to note that the affliction was sustained ‘after’ the 0-0 draw with West Brom, presumably during the post-match training session held at Old Trafford.
It is worth noting that Rooney, in spite of only featuring sporadically this season, has started to sustain injuries on a more frequent basis – another gloomy indicator of his legs, following 13 seasons at Old Trafford, calling time on what has been a sensational career.
He has, after all, played no fewer than 42 games a season since the age of 16, and it’s starting to show.