Rooney returns home from Man Utd tour after hamstring injury

Wayne Rooney has returned home from Manchester United’s tour of Asia and Australia after suffering a hamstring injury, BBC Sport has reported.

Rooney is set to miss a month of training ahead of the new season and could miss United’s first few games of the forthcoming campaign – David Moyes’ side play Wigan Athletic in the Community Shield at Wembley on August 11 and begin the defence of their Premier League title six days later against Swansea City. Rooney also stands to miss England’s friendly with Scotland on August 14.

Speculation over Rooney’s future as a United player has been rife this summer after former United manager Sir Alex Ferguson claimed Rooney asked to leave the club late last season. But Ferguson’s successor Moyes insists Rooney will not be sold, while Rooney has yet to speak publically over the issue.

Rooney did comment on his injury, writing on his Facebook page: “Gutted to have picked up a niggling injury, especially as training was going so well. Heading back to Manchester to have it assessed fully but early indications are nothing to worry about.

United captain Nemanja Vidic had previously said Rooney was in his best condition for years, before the forward was struck down with injury. Vidic is also struggling for fitness after a bout of sciatica and will miss the early part of United’s tour, but should join his teammates soon, the BBC adds.

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