Ferguson optimistic over Rooney recovery
Wayne Rooney can keep his Manchester United absence down to a minimum. Rooney famously returned within eight days from the ankle damage he suffered in the first leg of last season's Champions League quarter-final with Bayern Munich. The sharpshooter has scored just once for United since, and he will not have the chance to do so again until at least October 16 after Ferguson confirmed Rooney faces a "two to three week" spell on the sidelines with the injury he suffered at Bolton on Sunday. At the far edge of that timescale, Rooney would miss a Champions League clash with Bursaspor and potentially, the trip to Stoke on October 24. But Ferguson will hope to have his £27million forward back for the Old Trafford encounter with West Brom on October 16, which would mean after tonight he would only miss two games - and one of those is England's Euro 2012 qualifier with Montenegro. "Wayne has done quite well with his recovery from injury in the past," said the United boss, ahead of the encounter with Valencia at the Mestalla Stadium. It is a straightforward ankle injury. And it is not the same one he did in Munich."