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Football: Rooney absent as United face Norwich

Published on Dec 28, 2013 10:35 PM
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Wayne Rooney was a surprise absentee from Manchester United's squad for their Premier League clash against Norwich on Saturday, Dec  28, 2013. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

NORWICH, United Kingdom (AFP) - Wayne Rooney was a surprise absentee from Manchester United's squad for their Premier League clash against Norwich on Saturday.

Rooney had scored in United's 3-2 win at Hull on Boxing Day but just 48 hours later there was no sign of the England striker at Carrow Road.

The 28-year-old, who has scored 11 times for United this season, didn't travel with the champions to Norfolk and there was no immediate explanation for his absence.

Javier Hernandez replaced Rooney in United's starting line-up, with the Mexico striker supported by Ryan Giggs and Shinji Kagawa, while Michael Carrick started in midfield.

Defender Rafael da Silva also missed out with a groin problem and Serbia's Nemanja Vidic returned as one of five changes by boss David Moyes.