Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney is set to miss out on Europa League quarterfinal first leg clash with Anderlecht with an ankle injury, revealed by manager Jose Mourinho on Wednesday. The forward has missed out on the club’s last two games, and did not travel with the squad to Brussels for tomorrow’s match.
When asked by reporters on Rooney’s condition during the pre-match press conference, Mourinho said, “He is not happy with his condition. He has bad feelings with his ankle and he’s not ready to play.” Regards to whether he can be back in time for Sunday’s matchup against Chelsea, the Portuguese answered, “Let’s see for the weekend, let’s see for next week. We don’t have many players and need everyone to try to be available.”
Rooney has been one of United’s most influential players since his move from Everton back in 2004. The 31-year-old recently broke Manchester United’s goalscoring record back in January after scoring his 250th goal against Stoke, beating out the club icon Sir Bobby Charlton. However, he hasn’t seen much action under Mourinho due to injuries and lack of form.
The good news for the Red Devils is Antonio Valencia, who also missed out on the club’s last two games, is set to return to action tomorrow. The Ecuador international has been one of United’s top performers this season and was dubbed as “the best right-back” in the world by Mourinho back in January.