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Rooney facing six weeks on sidelines with knee problem

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has confirmed that the striker sustained the injury against Sunderland last weekend.

Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney.
Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney.

Updated at 17.30

MANCHESTER UNITED STRIKER Wayne Rooney is facing six weeks on the sidelines after suffering a knee injury in a 2-1 loss to Sunderland last weekend.

Manager Louis van Gaal confirmed the news this evening but refused to put a time-frame on his talisman’s return.

“It’s difficult to say but he got injured in the game versus Sunderland and has a knee problem,” he told reporters.

“We have to wait and see how long that takes. I cannot say.”

However, it later emerged that Rooney will miss six weeks of action with the problem.

Rooney has played 32 matches for United in all competitions this season, scoring 14 goals – including seven in his last nine appearances.

The England striker will miss Manchester United’s Europa League clash with Midtjylland tomorrow.

Matteo Darmian is also missing from Van Gaal’s squad after dislocating his shoulder during United’s 2-1 defeat to Sunderland in the Premier League last weekend.

Cameron Borthwick-Jackson has also been ruled out of the fixture with illness.

After replacing the Italian on Saturday, Donald Love could make his first start after being included in the 18-man squad, while Will Keane could replace Rooney.

Travelling fans are also planning a protest over ticket prices for tomorrow night’s game.
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