Van Gaal on Rooney injury: “He has to be ready for us first, not England”

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According to Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal, Red Devils star Wayne Rooney will be out with a knee injury until April, meaning he will miss the England friendlies against Germany and the Netherlands in late March.

With ligament damage not requiring surgery, the outlook was positive, but Van Gaal says the forward must return for his club first. “He has to be ready for us first, not for the English team,” Van Gaal said in his pre-match press conference ahead of Manchester United’s matchup with Arsenal.

“Wayne has a brace now and he has to wear it for two-and-a-half weeks. Then we have to look again, so I cannot say anything about that now. Now he is resting because of the brace.”

Rooney, at 31 years old, has shown signs of age this season, but still has proven vital at times and has seven goals on the season. He was injured against Sunderland on February 13th, missing an FA Cup match against Shrewsbury Town plus both Europa League games against FC Midtjylland.

Now, he will miss Premier League games this coming month, starting with a crucial matchup with Arsenal at Old Trafford on Sunday.