Wayne Rooney cleared to play in Manchester derby

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Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney has scored 11 goals all-time in the Manchester derby, in front of City striker Joe Hayes, but the historically-prolific footballer was reported to have an injury doubt ahead of the Premier League’s coveted matchup this Sunday.

Rumors began to swirl that he was nursing an leg ailment after outlets from the UK stated that the 28-year-old forward was supposedly limping at a training session. The Telegraph particularly noted that he was “in visible discomfort as he walked away from a photograph on the pitch with the rest of the first-team squad.”

However, Rooney, having served his three-game ban for a dangerous tackle vs. West Ham on Sep. 27, appears on the verge of making a return to the starting XI, based a report from ESPN FC.

In other good news for United fans, Radamel Falcao is also set to get back into game action against Manchester City, after resting last week when the Red Devils drew Chelsea, 1-1, at Old Trafford.

If they’re able to flash admirable form, both Rooney and Falcao should bolster United attacking chances against the Sky Blues. United’s defense, which, after holding Chelsea to one goal, may have restored its balance, or at least for the time being. This upcoming rivalry match will surely act as another legitimate test for Louis van Gaal’s side.