Manchester United boss plays down Wayne Rooney injury fears after England star limps off... again

09 May 2010 10:39
Sir Alex Ferguson has played down fears about Wayne Rooney's fitness ahead of this summer's World Cup.[LNB]TheManchester United striker limped out of the action 13 minutes from theend of United's 4-0 win over Stoke, sparking immediate fears about hishealth ahead of Fabio Capello's provisional squad being announced onTuesday.[LNB]But, in confirming Rooney had aggravated a groin injurythat first surfaced at Blackburn last month, Ferguson stressed he wasnot too concerned about the 24-year-old.[LNB]Not again: England fans are once again holding their breath after Rooney limped off injured[LNB]'He has aggravated his groin again,' said Ferguson.[LNB]'I don't think it is serious. I think he will be OK for England.'[LNB]Capello will hope Ferguson's reassuring words prove to be accurate as the Italian can hardly afford to lose his talisman at this stage.[LNB]Under the circumstances, even if he is willing to play, Capello might not wantto risk Rooney on the difficult Wembley surface when England tackle Mexico on May 24.[LNB]That would give him three weeks to get fit for the final friendly against Japan in Austria, and then almost two more before England open their Group C campaign against the United States in Rustenburg on June 12.[LNB]It was the most disappointing moment on a downbeat day when United managed to score four times, despite the knowledge the title was heading for Chelsea after a three-year stay at Old Trafford.Darren Fletcher and Ryan Giggs put the hosts in the comfort zone before the break, although by then, Ferguson already knew United's fate.[LNB]'It was always going to be hard for Wigan to get something,' said Ferguson.[LNB]'When we heard they were down to 10 men all our hopes evaporated. I am not going to agonise about where it went wrong.[LNB]'You could talk about a lot of things and the decision at Stamford Bridge was a bad one that turned the whole thing round.[LNB]'But you can't agonise over these things. Sometimes you get the breaks, on other occasions you don't.[LNB]Concerns: A worried Mike Phelan looks on as Rooney retires[LNB] 'The European Cup was the biggest disappointment. We should be in the final. But we applaud Chelsea winning the title and I applaud Carlo Ancelotti. We know how hard it is to win the league.'[LNB]Rooney has already identified one area where United need to strengthen, attack. And Ferguson hinted there may be new faces on the way.[LNB]'We are looking at the structure of the club,' he said.[LNB]'There may be one or two things but at the moment nothing is signed.'[LNB]As he addressed United's supporters - many of whom were wearing the anti-Glazer green and gold and made their feelings known both outside the ground before thegame and inside it at the start and end of the second-half by blowing their whistles - Ferguson assured them United would be fighting back next term.[LNB]'We can be proud,' he said. 'We have challenged very strongly for a fourth title in a row and we have taken it to the wire.[LNB]'But next season we will go again and hopefully we will bring back the title to the best place in the world.'[LNB]As bit-part players on a day when they had little to lose or gain, Stoke did not put up much resistance.[LNB]Danny Higginbotham prevented a certain goal for Nani by turning Rooney's cross into his own net.[LNB] Daddy's boy: Rooney's son Kai joins him on a lap of honour[LNB] And after Rooney had walked off, his chances of the Golden Boot gone as well, his replacement Park Ji-sung rounded off the scoring with a firm diving header.[LNB]'I have no complaints about the result,' admitted Stoke boss Tony Pulis.[LNB]'Overall we have had a very good season. I was worried about the second season. But we have got more points and finished higher in the table.'[LNB] MANCHESTER UNITED

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