Wayne Rooney was unavailable to play in Manchester United's League Cup quarter-final at Stoke City on Wednesday due to an unspecified injury, manager David Moyes revealed.
Rooney played for 84 minutes in United's 3-0 win at Aston Villa on Sunday, but he was left out of the squad for the trip to the Britannia Stadium, with Danny Welbeck leading the line as a lone striker.
"Wayne Rooney is injured," Moyes told Sky Sports prior to kick-off.
Asked if the England striker would be fit in time for United's busy schedule of matches over Christmas, he replied: "We hope so."
Moyes is also currently without last season's top scorer Robin van Persie, who has been ruled out for a month with a thigh injury.