Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has been sent away for some hot-weather training to help speed up his recovery from a groin injury.
Manager David Moyes confirmed Rooney’s departure during Friday’s press conference.
“We have sent Wayne away on a hot-weather break,” said Moyes.
“His groin has not quite recovered yet. We have sent a fitness coach with him. He’s away with the family. Hopefully we will get him fit for Chelsea.”
Rooney is believed to have sustained the injury in the 3-2 victory over Hull City on Boxing Day. After resting for the 1-0 win over Norwich City on December 28th, Rooney returned for the New Years Day clash with Tottenham but was largely ineffective in the 1-2 loss.
Rooney failed to feature in either of United’s recent matches, the 1-2 FA Cup loss to Swansea City last Saturday and the 1-2 Capital One Cup loss to Sunderland on Tuesday.
He underwent a scan last Friday to determine the extent of the groin injury and Moyes now hopes the warm-weather break will have the England international fit for the big clash with Chelsea on January 19th.
Robin van Persie has also been deemed unavailable for Saturday’s match against Swansea City as he recovers from a thigh injury sustained in the December 10th Champions League victory over Shakhtar Donetsk.
Will the star duo out, expect Danny Welbeck to lead the line solo in a 4-2-3-1 formation or to partner with Javier Hernandez in a 4-4-2.