Belfast Telegraph

Monday 22 December 2014

Rooney out but Van Der Saar returns for United

Sir Alex Ferguson has ruled Wayne Rooney out of Manchester United's important Premier League encounter with Bolton at Old Trafford tomorrow.

Rooney picked up a calf injury during England's World Cup qualifying defeat in the Ukraine last weekend.

United fans will be happy to know, though, that goalkeeper Edwin Van Der Saar will return from injury tomorrow and that Rooney should be fine for the trip to Liverpool on Sunday week.

“Calf injuries can be troublesome but Wayne should be fit for the Liverpool game,” said Ferguson.

He added: “Edwin plays tomorrow. He had a reserve game 10 days ago and has come through that fine.”

Ferguson expects Owen Hargreaves to be making his first-team return in three weeks.

The Manchester United midfielder returned to Carrington last month after spending a year in the United States recovering from ground-breaking surgery on both knees to combat a long-standing tendinitis problem.

Hargreaves was initially accompanied by his personal physiotherapist before care was transferred to the United medical staff.

The 28-year-old is progressing well. And though Ferguson is bound to be planning a low-key return on reserve team duty somewhere, the Scot feels Hargreaves will be available again at the start of next month.

“Owen is doing a lot of good work now,” he said.

“He is making great progress, which we are very pleased about.”

Meanwhile, Brazilian midfielder Anderson insists he is happy with life at United. After a disappointing start to the campaign, when he was involved in just one of United's opening four Premier League games — the shock defeat at Burnley — Anderson is starting to find his form again.

The 21-year-old added another five appearances to his tally during September and scored his first goal for the Old Trafford outfit, more than two years after his £17million arrival from FC Porto.

And the midfielder admits he is enjoying himself again. He said: “I feel happy here. Everybody has times that are not the best but I am at home here.”

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