Man Utd skipper Wayne Rooney has been ruled for two months with a knee ligament damage. United manager Louis Van Gaal has earlier confirmed that Rooney would not be travelling with United squad for the Europa League clash with Danish side FC Midtjylland.
The extent of the injury was not revealed during Van Gaal’s press conference, but the Times is now claiming that the striker won’t feature before the end of March at the earliest.
The 30-year old had struggled with his form in the earlier stages of the season, but he has struck form at the turn of the year. He has scored 11 goals for United this season and seven in United’s last nine games. His absence will severely hinder United’s hopes of finishing in the top four of the league table.
The latest development might also affect England manager Roy Hodgson’s plans for the Euro Championships. Wayne Rooney picked up the injury in last weekend’s loss at Sunderland and could now miss up to eight matches.
Rooney completed the match at the Stadium of Light despite the injury, but Louis Van Gaal refused to critize the player’s behaviour.
“He’s a guy who wants to go until the end and if he’s feeling a pain he doesn’t want to go off. He wants to win. That’s a fantastic attitude but sometimes it’s also bad for his body.” the Dutchman said.