Rooney returns for Red Devils

18 April 2014 01:31

Wayne Rooney is fit to start Manchester United's game at Everton on Sunday, manager David Moyes has said.

Rooney injured a toe on his left foot during United's first-leg draw against Bayern Munich and he struggled in the return leg the following week.

The striker will travel to Goodison Park on Sunday, though, after making encouraging progress in his rehabilitation from the injury.

"Wayne Rooney has trained great this week," Moyes said.

"He is in really good form. Getting him back is a good thing.

"He just wasn't right with his toe at times in the last game."

When asked whether Rooney would be in the squad for the Everton match, Moyes replied: "Yes."

Moyes was in a good mood ahead of his first match back at Goodison Park since leaving the Toffees to join United last summer.

His spirits have been lifted by the news that Robin van Persie is making good progress as he works his way back from the knee injury he sustained against Olympiacos.

Van Persie jarred his knee in the 3-0 win against the Greeks on March 21 and he has been sent to Holland to aid his recovery.

"Robin is making improvements," the Scot said.

"We always thought he would be out for four to six weeks.

"We'll have a better assessment in the next week or so as we'll see how he is coming along.

"Our medical team is heading out there to see him this week and get a better feel as to exactly where he is."

Moyes confirmed that Marouane Fellaini has overcome a calf injury and should be fit to face his old club.

"Felli (Fellaini) didn't play against Bayern but we expect him back fit because he has trained all week," Moyes said.

Moyes ruled Rafael out due to a thigh problem while Jonny Evans is a doubt because of a long-term calf injury.

Source: PA