Manchester United and England captain Wayne Rooney is set to be ruled out for 6 weeks with a serious knee injury.
Rooney picked up the injury during United’s 2-1 defeat to Sunderland on the weekend.
As a result of the knock, the England international has not been included in the United squad for Thursday’s Europa League match against FC Midtjylland.
The injury comes as a blow for Louis van Gaal, who has struggled recently to inspire his squad, with 2 defeats in their last 5 matches.
It also comes at a congested time of the season, with the captain set to miss league matches against Arsenal and Manchester City.
Rooney also looks set to miss out with England, and is unlikely to participate in their friendlies against Germany and the Netherlands in March as a result of the blow.
Van Gaal spoke to MUTV earlier today regarding the captain, and said:
“He has a knee problem so we have to wait and see. He scores a lot of goals so he is very important for us. We know that but we have to cope with that.”
In regards to when to expect Rooney to be back in the squad, van Gaal said:
“It’s difficult to say, but he’s injured in the game versus Sunderland and has a knee problem. We have to wait and see how long that takes. I cannot say.”
This isn’t the first time Wayne Rooney has suffered injury problems before a major tournament. He broke his metatarsal preceding the 2006 World Cup, before struggling with an ankle injury prior to the 2010 World Cup. Roy Hodgeson will be anxiously awaiting the results of future scans, to ensure Rooney will be fit for the Euro 2016 tournament in France later this year.