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Friday 12 July 2013

Injured Rooney forced to fly home from United tour

Manchester United forward may miss start of Barclays Premier League season with hamstrng injury

  • Man Utd forward Wayne Rooney's pre-season has been hampered by injury

Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney has been forced to return home early from Manchester United's pre-season tour after suffering a hamstring injury. The 27-year-old flew back from Bangkok on Thursday only hours after arriving in the capital of Thailand for the start of United's three-week pre-season tour of Asia and Australia.

A statement on the United website said: "Following a scan this evening on a hamstring injury sustained in training, it has been decided that Wayne Rooney should return home immediately for further assessment and rehabilitation.

"It is anticipated he will be unavailable for selection for a month."

"We won't take any chances"
David Moyes

Manchester United manager David Moyes said although he was disappointed to lose Rooney for the tour, he did not want to take any risks with the injury.

"The day we left [Manchester for the tour] he just felt his hamstring tighten up right at the end of training and we thought there would be no problem," Moyes told MUTV. "But after the long flight we decided we'd get him tested and scanned and have a look at things and there is just a small grade one injury there.

"He didn't train yesterday and we thought it would be worth just seeing what it was and there was a very slight mark on his hamstring. We won't take any chances - there is no point in taking him any further round the world so we've sent him back and he'll get treatment at the Aon Training Complex."

Rooney expressed his disappointment on his Facebook page: "Gutted to have picked up a niggling injury, especially as training was going so well, heading back to Manchester to have it assessed fully but early indications are nothing to worry about."

United open the season with the Community Shield against Wigan Athletic on 11 August before starting the defence of their Barclays Premier League title with a trip to Swansea City on 18 August.

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Key Points

  • Wayne Rooney flies home from Manchester United's pre-season tour
  • England striker out for up to a month with hamstring injury
  • 27-year-old 'gutted to have picked up niggling injury'