Reports suggest that Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney is in line to return as early as this weekend.
Manchester United and manager Louis van Gaal could be in line for some more positive injury news as Wayne Rooney is reportedly nearing fitness and could return as soon as this weekend, when United will face Tottenham Hostpur at White Hart Lane.
United have been without their captain since February, when Rooney suffered knee ligament damage, and van Gaal has had to rely heavily on the younger players in the squad, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford, to provide the goals up front.
Rooney, who received permission to travel abroad to warmer climates in the United Arab Emirates to help with his rehabilitation, will, according to the Telegraph, undergo a scan this week and if the results are good, he will be included in the match day squad.
News of Rooney’s return will come as a very timely boost for under fire manager van Gaal, as the business end of the season is well and truly underway. United have managed to drag themselves to within a point of the Champions League places and will look to continue their decent run of form at the weekend against a Tottenham side who are desperately trying to catch league leaders and champions-elect Leicester City.
With Tottenham pushing for goals and victory, United, with the counter attacking style of play, will seek to catch the Londoners on the break and to have Rooney, with all his experience, in the side would be a huge asset to have.
United will also have eyes on their FA Cup quarter final replay with West Ham next Wednesday and will be eager to have as strong a squad as possible for the trip to Upton Park as this will be United’s only chance at silverware this year and possibly van Gaal’s only chance as United manager.
While the United faithful wait on word of Rooney’s scan, it must be said that even if his knee is ready for action again, he will surely not be match fit and would likely only feature as a last resort or for the final quarter of the game.
Rooney’s return will certainly offer a boost to morale but it would appear that the Old Trafford club must continue to rely on their youth to see them through, something which it must be said, they have been doing with some success for some time now.