Rooney close to full fitness

17 February 2009 08:26
Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has been tipped to return to action in this weekend's Premier League clash against Blackburn Rovers. The 23-year-old former Everton star has been sidelined with a hamstring injury for the last month, a problem he picked up in the opening minutes of January's 1-0 victory against Wigan Athletic. United boss Sir Alex Ferguson told MUTV: "Wayne should be ready for Saturday's game against Blackburn, we're quite confident of that, and he may have a slight chance of being fit for a place on the bench on Wednesday. "Everyone's fit. We had Wednesday's game in mind when we picked the side for the FA Cup win at Derby County and that's why we rested Carlos Tevez." Meanwhile, assistant manager Mike Phelan believes Ryan Giggs is currently playing some of the best football of his career. The veteran former Wales international produced another excellent performance in Sunday's 4-1 victory at Pride Park, with Phelan saying of the midfielder: "There is an argument to say Ryan is playing better than he has ever done. "He looks after himself, is totally professional and seems to have found a rich vein of form. "He goes on to another level every year. We can only be happy with that."

Source: ESA