Rooney in line for Man Utd substitute return against Liverpool

Wayne Rooney could be fit enough to take a place on the Manchester United bench when Premier League rivals Liverpool come to Old Trafford this weekend, the Daily Mirror has reported.

Rooney suffered an injury in training on Christmas Day and has not played for United since, a knee problem keeping the England international out of action over the festive and New Year period.

But with Rooney back in training this week the 27-year-old could be about to make himself available to manager Sir Alex Ferguson, who had previously predicted Rooney would miss the match against the Reds altogether.

Rooney is unlikely to be risked from the start but could line up among the substitutes as he gets ready to play a part in a run of fixtures that sees a double-header in the Champions League against Real Madrid and tricky ties against Tottenham Hotspur and Rooney’s former team, Everton.

This season, Rooney has made 19 appearances for United, scoring eight goals, including four goals in his last five games before being struck down with the knee problem. Rooney’s tally includes a brace against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.

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