Wayne Rooney has been sent home from Manchester United’s four-game tour of Asia and Australia with a hamstring injury that the club say will rule him out for a month.
A tweet on Manchester United’s official Twitter account read: “Breaking: Wayne Rooney to fly home from #mutour after sustaining a hamstring injury.”
The 27-year-old’s future remains unresolved with Chelsea still determined to push United all the way to sign the player by the end of August.
The current injury would take Rooney out of action until after the Community Shield game against Wigan on 11 August and would most likely rule him out of England’s friendly against Scotland three days’ later.
Nevertheless, Chelsea have made him their priority with a view to moving on Fernando Torres or Demba Ba if they can get the United striker.
Sir Alex Ferguson’s claim that the player has asked for a transfer before the end of the season is still an issue of contention between the player and the club with the latter adamant that Rooney is not for sale.