The Straits Times
Published on Sep 27, 2012

Rooney relieved to be back after horror injury


MANCHESTER, England (AFP) - Wayne Rooney believes he is ready to return to Premier League action after making his comeback from a horrific thigh injury in Manchester United's 2-1 win over Newcastle in the League Cup third round.

The England striker, 26, suffered a deep gash to his thigh in the 3-2 win over Fulham in August that left blood gushing from the wound and needed hospital treatment.

Rooney was sidelined for a month, missing four matches, while the injury healed, but he returned with a 76-minute appearance as Sir Alex Ferguson's side earned a fourth round trip to Chelsea with a victory against Alan Pardew's side at Old Trafford on Wednesday.

Now Ferguson must decide whether to break up the partnership of Robin van Persie and Shinji Kagawa to include Rooney in Saturday's Premier League match against Tottenham at Old Trafford.