Transfer Balls: Wayne Rooney recuperates in a Chelsea kit
TRANSFER Balls: What’s Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney been up to?
Sky Sports: “David Moyes claims Wayne Rooney is in ‘best shape for years'”
“The team here are telling me it is the best shape they have seen him in for five years. And I am taking that as a positive. The club have already stated Wayne is staying and is not for sale. I am going to get the best Wayne Rooney I possibly can.”
Moyes makes Rooney sound like an action figure. He’ll get the best one. Arsenal might get a second-hand one. Chelsea might get one who eats Pot Noodle and chips.
Crewe Chronicle: “Rooney ‘gutted’ to miss United tour”
Incredibly less than 16 hours after his arrival in Thailand, Rooney was on his way home again after scans revealed he had torn his hamstring. United immediately took the decision to send the 27-year-old back to the UK – even though he had only landed that morning.
It means Rooney will miss visits to Australia – including a planned trip to State of Origin, Japan and Hong Kong – in addition to United’s tour opener against Singha All Stars in Bangkok on Saturday.
He doesn’t even stay for promotional work.
Rooney writes on Facabook:
“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.”
Niggling? The Daily Star says the injury keeps Rooney out of action for a month – that’s a big chunk of the Transfer Season. What are the odds on that, eh, cynics?
United state that it’s all true, honest:
“Following a scan this evening on a hamstring injury sustained in training, it has been decided that Wayne Rooney should return home immediately for further assessment and rehabilitation. It is anticipated he will be unavailable for selection for a month.”
Will that rehabilitation mean Rooney wearing another club’s shirt? The Guardian says:
Moyes also reiterated then that Rooney was not for sale, but the sense remains that if the club received a serious bid, in the region of £30m, they would consider letting the 27-year-old leave.
The Star reminds us that Arsenal and Chelsea wants Rooney.
The Times adds:
Rooney’s absence is likely to increase the uncertainty surrounding his future and potentially deprive Moyes of one of his key players for an exacting start to the campaign. Rooney has yet to offer Moyes any assurances that he wants to stay at the club.
Look out for more Rooney balls every day for a month…