Manchester United just cannot seem to catch a break this season and they were dealt a huge blow earlier this week when it was revealed that star player and club captain Wayne Rooney suffered an injury set back yet again.
Rooney has missed Manchester United’s last eight games with a knee ligament injury he suffered against Sunderland.
And reports in the media suggested that the 30-year old will not be available for the EURO16 in France later this year and will miss Thursday Europe League return against Liverpool at Old Trafford and the Manchester derby at City on Sunday.
He will also sit out England’s friendlies after that against Germany and Holland but could come back for the Reds against Everton on April 3 at home.
In the striker’s absence manager Louis van Gaal’s side have had a roller coaster ride with shocking defeats against Midtjylland in Denmark in the Europa League, West Brom in the Premier League and at Anfield last week in the last 16 of Europe.
But they’ve also won games against the Danes, Shrewsbury Arsenal and West Brom and drew Sunday’s FA Cup quarter final against West Ham.
Rooney who attended the unveiling of United’s partnership with Gulf Oil International revealed that he could be back in time for United’s Premier League clash with former club Everton on April 3 and hopes that will be enough time to prepare for a long summer.
“It is going as planned. It is going how we first thought. It is going well so hopefully it won’t be too long now,” he said.
He added that his absence from the game is frustrating but recognized that his manager decision to make him take a break from his rehab in case of a return of the problem was the right one.
“It has been eight games now I have missed and I didn’t realise it was that many. It has been frustrating.”
“I went away and that could only do me good in the up and coming weeks,” he added.
In 2014 the striker missed the final three matches of the Reds campaign with a toe problem and his sharpness suffered on England duty.
But he believes he’ll get enough matches in the tank before England open their European Championship bid against Russia on June 11.
“I am hoping if I am back when I am expected to be back, depending on the two cups we are still in, then there could be 10 games left for United plus the England friendly games so I don’t think that would be a worry,” Rooney added.