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Rooney Not For Sale Says Moyes

posted 12 Jul 2013, 07:25 by Mpelembe Admin   [ updated 12 Jul 2013, 07:26 ]

BANGKOKTHAILAND (JULY 12, 2013) (REUTERS)  -  Manchester United manager David Moyes said there was no point in risking Wayne Rooney on the team's tour of the Far East, and insisted the unsettled striker is not for sale.

Rooney left Thailand only hours after arriving with United after picking up an injury in training.

The 27-year-old could face a month on the sidelines with the injury and may be a doubt for the Community Shield against FA Cup winners Wigan Athletic at Wembley on Aug 11 and England's friendly against Scotland three days later.

But Moyes said he believed he would be fit.

"It's a blow that we've lost him because he's been training well and looking very good," Moyes told a news conference in Bangkok.

"But unfortunately he felt something in his hamstring. We double-checked it and he's got a slight grade one injury there, which will probably keep him out for about two to three weeks. So I don't foresee a problem for Wayne starting the season, for the start of the season," Moyes said.

Rooney has been the subject of transfer speculation since retired United manager Alex Fergusonsaid at the end of last season the England forward had asked to leave the club.

However, Moyes reiterated on Wednesday the striker was not for sale and would not be leaving Old Trafford.

"Well unless I was speaking double dutch, I think we've said Wayne Rooney's not for sale," he said.

United open their tour against a Singha All-Star XI in Bangkok on Saturday (July 13) and will also play in Sydney, Yokohama, Osaka and Hong Kong before facing AIK in Stockholm on Aug. 6.

They have left Manchester without captain Nemanja Vidic, who is struggling with sciatica. The club said it was not serious and expected the Serbia centre back to join them at some point.

The three-week tour will include matches in AustraliaJapan and Hong Kong.