Wayne Rooney is set to return to Manchester United’s team against Manchester City on Sunday, after fears he would miss the derby were dismissed stated espnfc.com.
The United captain had been facing a battle to be fit for the derby after being observed limping heavily during a commercial event at Old Trafford on Monday reported telegraph.co.
The United captain was also seen limping at an event with club sponsors on Monday, but sources close to the club told ESPN FC that the 29-year-old is fully fit reported espnfc.com.
With Colombian forward Radamel Falcao still recovering from the thigh problem that forced him to miss Sunday’s 1-1 draw against Chelsea stated telegraph.co, Rooney’s injury concern had left manager Louis van Gaal with the prospect of having just two fit strikers – Robin van Persie and teenager James Wilson – fit for the trip to the Etihad Stadium which is home of Manchester City FC.
Rooney, whose 11 goals in Manchester derbies are a record in the fixture, could replace Juan Mata, who has been substituted in United’s last two games espnfc.com.
United are also waiting to see whether striker Radamel Falcao is fit to feature at the Etihad Stadium stated espnfc.com.
Bryan Robson, former United captain, claims that Rooney’s return will increase United’s prospects of ending a run of five defeats in their last six encounters with City reported telgraph.co.
The Derby will be taking place on November 2 at 5:30AM PST on NBC sports channel.