Rooney fit for United

03 March 2009 01:11
Sir Alex Ferguson has confirmed Wayne Rooney has shaken off a virus to be available for Manchester United's trip to Newcastle United. Rooney missed Sunday's Carling Cup win over Tottenham Hotspur due to illness, but has trained on Monday and Tuesday. He will be in the squad for Wednesday's game at St James' Park and the striker could renew his partnership with Dimitar Berbatov up front. Ferguson said on Sky Sports News: "He's fine. He trained yesterday, he trained today and he will be available for tomorrow." John O'Shea is United's only injury worry for the game after the versatile Irishman was substituted in the Carling Cup final due to an ongoing heel problem. "We took him off on Sunday as he's still got a problem with his heel," said Ferguson. "It settled down after a day or so, and we will put some new insoles in his boot to see if that helps. "He should be okay and, other than that, everyone is fine for tomorrow and we look forward to a very tough game." Berbatov, Michael Carrick, Darren Fletcher and Park Ji-sung are all expected to return to the United team, with Ferguson admitting the Wembley pitch had an impact on the players who faced Spurs. He added: "It was a heavy pitch, surprisingly heavy. You associate Wembley with a fantastic playing surface, but as you all saw, it was heavy and it was greasy with players slipping a lot. "It took its toll on the players, we had tired players by the end of the match, but we have some freshness tomorrow. "We've got Dimitar, we've got Michael Carrick and Anderson, who didn't play a full game. We've got Darren Fletcher, Ji-sung Park and Wayne Rooney, so we're not so bad."

Source: SKY_Sports