Rooney targeting Manchester derby for Man Utd comeback

Wayne Rooney is aiming to return to action for Manchester United in the derby game with Manchester City on September 22, the Daily Mirror has reported, after a nasty head wound left the England striker unable to take part in the World Cup qualifiers played during the international break.

Rooney suffered a severe cut to his head during a training ground clash with United and England teammate Phil Jones and needed 10 stitches to close the gash, leaving him unable to turn out for Roy Hodgson during the Three Lions’ win over Macedonia at Wembley or the draw with Ukraine in Kiev.

United manager David Moyes initially put Rooney’s recovery time at three weeks, which would leave Rooney touch-and-go to be able to turn out against City at the Etihad Stadium. Rooney has to be able to head the ball without a problem, something the extent of the cut and subsequent treatment has so far rendered impossible.

Rooney is due to resume light training at the end of this week after travelling to Portugal while the Premier League was inactive due to the England double-header. The former Everton striker was forced out of United’s match with Liverpool at Anfield the day after he suffered the cut, and will not play this weekend against Crystal Palace or next midweek as United begin their Champions League campaign by hosting Bayer Leverkusen.

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