Wayne Rooney has returned to Manchester United after the forward picked up an knee injury whilst on International duty with England.
Rooney was thought to have suffered knee injury in training ahead of England’s clash with Spain at Wembley and was sent home as a precaution by manager Gareth Southgate.
A statement of the Football association’s official website confirmed that Rooney had picked up a knock on his knee and that he had been allowed to return back to Manchester to recover.
News of Rooney’s injury setback will come as a huge blow to Jose Mourinho who is already without the suspended Zlatan Ibrahimovic ahead of the Arsenal clash at Old Trafford on Saturday.
Now at the age of thirty one he may no longer be the force he once was but he still remains an important member of the Manchester United side and is player who could have been of great use to Mourinho against the Gunners.
In a game that is likely to be a close drawn affair Mourinho is in need of a player who can maintain possession on the ball, spread play across the pitch and provide that moment of magic in a game and in Rooney he would have had a player on his hands who can do just that and without his skipper the Portuguese’s task to leave Old Trafford with a result on Saturday will undoubtedly be harder.
Already sitting eight points off leaders Liverpool at the top of the Premier League table it is a game that Mourinho simply cannot afford to lose if he is to make United genuine contenders for the title this season and is a game that should United manage to take all three points from could act as the perfect springboard needed for the club to kick start their season.