Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney will not play this weekend with what his manager called a “nasty” ankle injury.
United host West Ham on Saturday (Watch live, 10 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via Live Extra).
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Rooney was forced off in the second half of the Red Devils’ draw with Leicester last weekend, and manager Louis Van Gaal said his status has gotten worse throughout the week.
“It’s a nasty injury. It’s been getting worse but we have to let him train to make the ankle stronger, that’s very important. I cannot say [how long he’s out for] because the doctor shall decide that with Wayne of course. He is training well in the rehabilitation.”
Van Gaal also ruled out Marcos Rojo, who dislocated his shoulder in training. The Argentinian defender missed about a month of action last season with the same injury.
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Rooney is sitting on 499 appearances for United, as he must now wait to play in his 500th match for the club. Only nine other players have ever reached that mark, including Rooney’s former teammates Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, and Gary Neville.