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Friday 15 December 2017

Jinxed: foot injury could Roon United's season

JINXED? Wayne Rooney faces an excruciating wait for the result of the most important scan of his life.

Manchester United medics have put Rooney in cotton wool while they wait for swelling to subside on his ankle and until that happens, Alex Ferguson and Fabio Capello can only hope and pray for luck.

Rooney's late collapse in Munich mirrored Manchester United's performance but Ferguson will believe that Bayern's 2-1 Champions League quarter-final first-leg victory can be overturned if the ankle recovers.

More immediately, Ferguson faces the prospect of a marauding visit by Chelsea to Old Trafford at the weekend which could ultimately decide the destination of this season's Premier League title with just one option up front - Dimitar Berbatov.

"Wayne has hurt his ankle. It's too early to know the condition of it. I don't think it is terribly serious, but we'll have to see," said Ferguson.

"Will he be fit to play against Chelsea at the weekend? I don't know. I can't answer that. He is certainly being treated by our medics," he added,

Bayern boss Louis Van Gaal will also wait for news on Rooney's injury: "I don't how serious it is, but Rooney is very important for United. He is their most important player.

"Look at the statistics. He has 34 goals this season. Then they have 11 own goals as their third top scorer and Berbatov with 12 goals, so that's how important he is to United."

While Ferguson and Capello focus on Rooney's ankle, Arsene Wenger only has eyes for Cesc Fabregas's knee in advance of Arsenal's first-leg against Barcelona at the Nou Camp tonight.

"The medical staff tell me there is still a chance he will be available, but that will be decided in the warm-up on the night. That tells you how late we will leave it. I would say it is 60% against, 40% for him playing," said the Gunners manager.

Wenger refuses to be intimidated by the threat posed by Lionel Messi and has instead focused on his own team's attacking menace.

"They are an individual and collective threat, but so are we. If we produce the best performance, then we can beat any side in the world," said Wenger.

"What you want from your team is not to worry too much about the strengths of Barcelona, but more focus on our strengths and our qualities. We must be brave, go for it and then we have every chance.

"I do not deny their quality, because Barcelona have an exceptional team, but we are an exceptional team as well."

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