Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed Wayne Rooney will miss Sunday’s trip to Liverpool.
It had been suggested Rooney, who has been sidelined since the win over Fulham last month with a gashed thigh, could make his return from injury for the clash with Liverpool.
However, Ferguson insists Rooney is not in contention for the visit to Anfield with the England international still a week away from returning to the fold.
Ferguson has no fresh injury concerns to deal with from Wednesday’s win over Galatasaray with Ashley Young facing up to a further three weeks on the sidelines with a knee problem.
“We have everyone available who was available last Wednesday,” said Ferguson.
“I know there were reports in the paper about Rooney being possible, but that is not the case. He’s not far away, I think he may be fine for next week.
“He’s doing a lot of great training and has been working hard. It’s just a matter of getting him into the full football training side of things, which he has done part of.
“Ashley Young has got a bruised cartilage – I think it’s going to take two or three weeks more. We’re just taking our time with that one. You can easily play with it and train but we’re not going down that road, we want to make sure he’s okay.
“We get a lot of experiences these days of these injuries reoccurring when they come back too quickly and we don’t want that with the players – we want to give them a full recovery. He should be okay with two or three weeks’ time.”