Man Utd captain Rooney set for warm-weather break in Dubai

Man Utd captain Rooney set for warm-weather break in Dubai
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Published March 2nd, 2016 - 03:30 GMT via SyndiGate.info

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Rooney has been given some time off to holiday in Dubai
Rooney has been given some time off to holiday in Dubai

Wayne Rooney will fly to Dubai for a warm-weather break after being told he does not require knee surgery that could have jeopardized his chances of captaining England at Euro 2016.

Rooney damaged ligaments in Manchester United’s defeat at Sunderland last month and will keep his right knee in a protective brace for another two weeks.

But United boss Louis van Gaal has given his skipper permission to take wife Coleen to one of their favourite destinations for a week.

Van Gaal hinted Rooney could return sooner than expected, though the 30-year-old is unlikely to be fully fit for England’s friendlies against Germany and Holland at the end of this month.

There were fears that Rooney could miss the start of Euro 2016 if he needed surgery. But, speaking before tonight’s match at home against Watford, Van Gaal said: ‘No, he does not need an operation. He may be back in March.’

Teen striker Marcus Rashford, who has scored four goals in his first two games against FC Midtjylland and Arsenal, has helped cushion the blow of Rooney’s absence, and Van Gaal believes the 18-year-old can handle the pressure. ‘He’s a very modest guy so I don’t think it will be a problem,’ he said.

By Chris Wheeler

© Associated Newspapers Ltd.

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