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Wayne Rooney could miss Sunderland trip with ankle problem

Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney could miss this weekend's trip to Sunderland due to ankle problems.

The 31-year-old has found playing time hard to come by this season, although may well have an important role to play during a chaotic end to the campaign.

United had to do without Rooney against former club Everton as ankle pain kept him out of Tuesday evening's 1-1 draw.

Jose Mourinho has confirmed the issue also means the club's all-time top scorer is facing a race against time to be fit for Sunday's trip to embattled Sunderland.

"Two ankles, so I don't know," the United boss said. "But I don't think it is so easy to recover in a couple of days."

Asked if the injury was sustained in training or just an after-effect, Mourinho added: "After the game".

Chris Smalling, Phil Jones and Juan Mata are others definitely out of the Stadium of Light clash through injuries Mourinho says will keep the trio out for a "long time".

Antonio Valencia, so impressive at right-back this season, is set to return after being rested against Everton.

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