Wayne Rooney to miss four weeks due to injury
Rooney had a large gash on his right leg during the second half which forced him to be stretchered off the pitch. The extent of the injury is not yet known but it appears to be severe enough that he will miss at least a few matches if not more.
United release the following statement on their website.
Wayne Rooney was sent to hospital and could miss four weeks of football after suffering a deep gash to his right leg in Manchester United’s 3-2 win against Fulham on Saturday.
With Fulham pressing for an equaliser in the game’s dying stages, Rooney bravely threw himself in the way of a Hugo Rodallega shot. The former Wigan forward’s boot came down on Rooney’s right thigh as he followed through, however, and inflicted a nasty wound.
Rooney initially jumped to his feet but was soon holding his leg at the knee and pointing to the cut. Referee Kevin Friend stopped the game immediately and, after lengthy treatment, Rooney left the pitch on a stretcher.
Sir Alex Ferguson confirmed Rooney was sent straight to hospital and fears the Reds could lose the striker for a month.
“It’s a very bad one,” he told MUTV. “He’s gone to hospital. Obviously it looks as he’ll be out for maybe four weeks.
“I don’t know what happened. I think the player must have followed through after he shot. He’s got a bad one.”
The injury was a bit of an accident as Rooney tried to block a shot and ended up falling underneath Rodallega. The Wigan player had nowhere to put his foot down except on Rooney’s leg. It was definitely not malicious or intentional by Rodallega.
United will turn to Robin van Persie to pick up the scoring during Rooney’s absence.