David Moyes has confirmed that Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie are both ruled out of Manchester United’s clash against Chelsea on Sunday.
Van Persie was never likely to be fit in time for the crucial game at Stamford Bridge but it was hoped that Rooney may be fit enough to at least feature on the bench. However, we are going to have to try and win at Chelsea without our two main strikers.
“Rooney’s training, he’s on the grass, doing some running and looking quite good,” Moyes told reporters at this afternoon’s press conference.
“He’s had a break, done a lot of strengthening work around his groin and hopefully enjoyed a few days in the sunshine as well. Hopefully he’ll benefit from it, but not for this game.
“I don’t want to put a date on it just now as I don’t want to say he’ll be fit for whatever game and then I find he’s not, but we’ve just got to take it bit by bit. I’ve watched him running today; he looks well and is in really good condition.”
Hopefully, Moyes is pulling the wool over everyone’s eyes here and Rooney is actually fit to start on Sunday. Wishful thinking? Definitely.
As for Van Persie, Moyes remained hopeful that he could return to training next week which could see him back in time for our game against Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Cardiff at Old Trafford.
He added: “I’m hoping Robin has a good chance of training at the start of next week. It would be a great boost.”
Sunday was always going to be a tough game away to Chelsea but without Rooney and Van Persie, it has got that little bit harder.