So much for Wayne Rooney’s mysterious shoulder injury that he supposedly picked up eight days ago in a closed-door friendly against Real Betis, the same injury that ruled Rooney out of friendlies against AIK and Sevilla as well as the FA Community Shield yesterday against Wigan Athletic.
Now, miraculously, Rooney returned to training today with England, where he started training 30 minutes early to prepare for this Wednesday’s friendly against Scotland. This is despite Manchester United manager David Moyes having said that Rooney would be unlikely to play against Scotland due to his injury.
Here’s how the Press Association described Rooney’s training regime this morning:
“The striker came out just after 10am, a full half-hour before England’s training session was due to begin. He did a few stretches before taking part in some shooting and passing practice with the England goalkeepers and coaching staff. The rest of the squad remained indoors before emerging shortly after 10.30am.
“Rooney put in a typically combative display during the open part of the session, launching into tackles and harrying his team-mates for the ball in several drills.”
Meanwhile, Moyes is still insistent that Rooney is not for sale despite Chelsea making two separate bids for the wantaway striker.
England manager Roy Hodgson said today that Rooney has no physical injury:
“It’s difficult to assess with the naked eye how match-fit people are but there’s no doubt in my mind that he’s not suffering from a physical injury.
“It will be interesting to get the feedback from our training sessions and we can see how he looks. We’ll speak with Wayne tomorrow morning.
“Since he’s got over the injuries he’s not been able to train as intensively as we did today, so we’ll see how that pans out. He tells me that he’s been training on his own while Manchester United have had games, on some fitness work, but he hasn’t had a chance to do a session like we had today where he was involved in functional aspects of play.
“I expect him to tell me that everything was fine and I expect him to get up fit and ready to go tomorrow morning as well.”