David Moyes has revealed that Wayne Rooney already had concerns about his hamstring before the team flew out to Bangkok and that it wasn’t simply an injury he sustained on the tour.
The 27-year-old took no part in training yesterday and after a scan revealed a grade one hamstring injury (where there is damage to the muscle fibres), Moyes didn’t want to take any risks with Rooney so he was immediately sent home.
“It’s disappointing,” Moyes told MUTV.
“The day we left [Manchester for the tour] he just felt his hamstring tighten up right at the end of training and we thought there would be no problem. But after the long flight we decided we’d get him tested and scanned and have a look at things and there is just a small grade one injury there.
“He didn’t train yesterday and we thought it would be worth just seeing what it was and there was a very slight mark on his hamstring. We won’t take any chances – there is no point in taking him any further round the world so we’ve sent him back and he’ll get treatment at the Aon Training Complex.”
Rooney is already on the way home from Bangkok and is expected to immediately go back to the Aon Training Complex to begin his rehabilitation.
PhysioRoom states that grade one hamstring injuries typically take three weeks to heal so Rooney should be fit and ready for the start of the Premier League season but the worry is that he now won’t be match fit.
Although cynics, myself included, looked at Rooney’s injury with suspicion it seems it was a niggling injury that was exacerbated by the long haul flight and nothing more.
What Rooney now needs to do is knuckle down in his rehabilitation program and get himself as fit as possible for Swansea on 17 August. If he was training as well as Moyes said then he shouldn’t struggle with regaining his fitness following this setback.
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