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Ferguson shrugs off Rooney rift reports

15 Oct 2010 - 11:23:15

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has shrugged off reports of a rift with Wayne Rooney surrounding the striker's fitness.

The build-up to Saturday's Premier League encounter with West Bromwich Albion at Old Trafford has been overshadowed by suggestions of a disagreement between the pair.

Ferguson claimed Rooney's recent omission from games against Valencia and Sunderland was down to an ankle injury.

His absence followed a turbulent period in the striker's private life, which was the subject of intense media scrutiny.

However, speaking after England's Euro 2012 qualifier against Montenegro on Tuesday, Rooney claimed he was fully-fit and had not missed a training session for two months.

"The lad's got a high profile and the press are always going to seek him out for an interview or a quote," Ferguson told Key103.

"But it's water off a duck's back really. You've got to put that aside to know the real things that are happening at the club. It just passes off."

Speaking at Wembley, Rooney had hinted at a difference of opinion with his club manager.

Following the goalless draw, he said: "No, I've had no ankle problem all season.

"I felt better against Montenegro. You need the games to get your fitness in.

"I started the season, played a few games and felt I was getting sharp and then missed three or four games, so you don't feel as sharp as I thought I would do."


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