Rooney return on hold
13 Jun 2006 - 08:46:59
Reports suggest Wayne Rooney will not make his return to action for England against Trinidad and Tobago because the independent medical experts who passed him fit to return to full training last week will not fly out to Germany until Friday.
The 20-year-old Manchester United striker has not played since breaking a metatarsal when playing for his club against Chelsea in April and it is now believed England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson has decided not to risk him in Nuremberg on Thursday.
Professors Angus Wallace and Chris Moran, of the Queen's Medical Centre in Nottingham, agreed last week that Rooney's foot scan showed his broken metatarsal had healed.
But they warned he would be prone to a secondary injury if he played before he was fully match-fit.
If the experts are not due to arrive in Germany until after the Trinidad & Tobago game it is likely that Rooney will not return to action until the final Group B match against Sweden on June 20 at the earliest.
Meanwhile, suggestions that there has been a major fall-out between United and the Football Association over Rooney's fitness have been refuted by FA chief executive Brian Barwick.
He said: "Manchester United and the Football Association have a very decent and long-standing relationship.
"I think it's important to say I've never had a heated conversation with (United's chief executive) David Gill, ever.
"I find him one of life's genuine people, fair-minded and a very easy person to talk to and do business with. I'd like to think that he thinks the same of me, actually, and we did our bit to make sure there was a sensible dialogue alongside the issue."