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Rooney finally over injury

Wayne Rooney

Wayne Rooney has revealed he is only just pain-free again following the ankle injury that has blighted his last 12 months.

After scoring on 32 occasions for Manchester United last term before he suffered the first of a series of ankle injuries in the Champions League quarter-final with Bayern Munich, Rooney has found the net only five times this season.

"I feel sharp and fit again," said Rooney on the back of impressive displays in the FA Cup victory over Arsenal and Wednesday night's Champions League triumph against Marseille.

"When I first got back playing for about two months I was still very aware of my ankle. It still felt weak so it had been on my mind.

"But now I am going in for tackles and am twisting and turning. It is fully mended and 100% now. I am happy that is off my mind now."

Rooney may be able to offer some words of advice to team-mate Nani, who made a quicker-than-expected return from the severely gashed leg he sustained at Liverpool 11 days ago.

Not that the tackle from Jamie Carragher has gone out of his mind. In fact, he is still furious.

"I don't know what Carragher was thinking but I do know what he did was not football," said Nani.

"He came to apologise after the game. But I was not happy. It is the second time he injured me. Before he put me out of the game for two months. He always tackles like that.

"I don't want protection. I just want the referees to be fair. If it is a red card, they have to give it. If they give the card, the next time the player doesn't make the tackle."