Wayne Rooney Doubtful for Sunderland

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney is likely to miss Saturday’s Premier League game with Sunderland at Old Trafford.

Interim manager Ryan Giggs confirmed in his pre-match news conference ahead of Saturday’s game against Sunderland that the 28-year-old striker has a slight groin injury and is also suffering from a bit of illness.

Giggs said: “A few of the lads have had a bug. Wayne Rooney has. Anders Lindegaard has. Wayne also has a tight groin too.

Ryan Giggs Says Wayne Rooney Has a Groin Problem.
Ryan Giggs Says Wayne Rooney Has a Groin Problem.

“You have to be careful with the bug because the immune system is down a bit but Wayne been Wayne wants to play. We will monitor it over the next 24 hours.”

Meanwhile, Rooney is not at the moment a doubt for England, as coach Roy Hodgson prepares to name his squad for the 2014 Fifa World Cup in Brazil in ten days time.

Giggs hinted that Robin van Persie could feature this weekend. The Netherlands international has been out with a knee injury since scoring all three goals against Olympiakos on March 19.

“Robin has been back training and looks good,” added Giggs “Whether tomorrow is too early, we’ll just see how he goes today”.

The Welsh boss will take charge of his second game as the ‘Red Devils’ boss this weekend and should receive another rapturous reception just as that of last Saturday’s 4-0 thrashing of Norwich City.

Giggs, 40, who has made 962 appearances for the champions may be too overwhelmed with his new role that might have made him reluctant in naming himself for a league match too soon.

And with his current one-year contract due for the summer, Giggs may never play for Manchester United again.

“I have kept myself fit, but I might not get back in (the team),” said Giggs. “The lads have been doing well. We will just have to wait and see.

“I have a lot to think about and whether to continue playing, but my concentration is just on now.”