Friday 04 January 2013

In brief: Injury blows for Rooney and Enrique

Man United forward and Liverpool defender set to miss key Barclays Premier League matches

  • Wayne Rooney could be back for the trip to Tottenham Hotspur

  • Jose Enrique has been a key part of the Liverpool team this season

Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney is facing another two weeks on the sidelines as he requires more time to recover from a knee injury.

The 27-year-old, who has scored seven Barclays Premier League goals this season, suffered the injury ahead of the Boxing Day meeting with Newcastle United and was expected to be sidelined for two weeks.

However, Man United manager Sir Alex Ferguson says Rooney is now set to miss Saturday’s FA Cup tie against West Ham United as well as the Barclays Premier League match at home to Liverpool on 13 January.

"Wayne's still injured, and it looks like going to be out another two weeks or so," said Ferguson.

"It's a shame because in the game he felt nothing"
Brendan Rodgers

"It's a surprise as he was meant to be back training now. So he'll be out for longer than we thought and I don't think he will be fit for the Liverpool match.

"The injury is nothing serious. He just got clipped behind his knee. Nothing shows in the scan but he's still feeling it. Hopefully, in two weeks it'll be sorted but nonetheless it's a loss."

Meanwhile, Liverpool will be without defender Jose Enrique for six weeks with a hamstring tear, manager Brendan Rodgers has confirmed.

The 26-year-old Spaniard was forced off during the 3-0 victory over Queens Park Rangers on 30 December and he missed the clash with Sunderland on Wednesday.

The in-form full-back, who joined Liverpool from Newcastle in 2011, will miss Sunday’s FA Cup tie against Mansfield as well as key Premier League matches that include encounters with Manchester United, Norwich City, Arsenal and Manchester City.

Rodgers said: "He has looked fantastic in the games but it looks like he'll probably be out for up to six weeks with his hamstring.

"It's a shame because in the game he felt nothing. Sometimes you can enter the games and be tight and stiff. He felt great, and even within the game."

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Key Points

  • Manchester United's Wayne Rooney is expected to be out for another two weeks
  • Forward injured his knee before Boxing Day match against Newcastle
  • Liverpool defender Jose Enrique ruled out for six weeks