Rooney doubtful for depleted United
WAYNE ROONEY'S availability to face Liverpool in tomorrow's hugely anticipated FA Cup fourth-round match has been shrouded in doubt, after the player missed yesterday's training session.
It is unclear whether Rooney, who sustained knocks to his calf and ankle in Sunday's win at Arsenal, has trained at all this week.
And Alex Ferguson could find himself with no fewer than 10 senior players missing for the visit to Anfield.
A back spasm sustained by Rio Ferdinand eight days ago is likely to rule him out, with the most keenly awaited medical update being that of Nani.
The manager has rejected suggestions that a metatarsal injury also incurred at the Emirates could keep Nani out for two months, but the initial two-week prognosis does seem to have been optimistic.
The involvement of Anderson and Ashley Young is in doubt, with Tom Cleverley only just back in first-team training and Michael Owen, Darren Fletcher and Nemanja Vidic longer-term absentees.
Rooney has scored once in 11 visits to Anfield, leading Ferguson to omit him from the starting XI last October for the league fixture which he had just described as the biggest in the world.
But the loss of the player for a game which carries increased intensity following Luis Suarez's suspension for directing racist abuse at United's Patrice Evra would be a blow with United injury-ravaged.