London, England, United Kingdom (4E Sports) – Premier League leader Manchester United will miss forward Wayne Rooney for up to three weeks after he suffered knee injury in training, manager Sir Alex Ferguson announced Wednesday.
Rooney did not play in United’s 4-3 win over Newcastle Wednesday and will also miss Premier League matches against West Brom and Wigan together with the FA Cup third round game against West Ham January 5.
“It was a volley towards the end of training,” said Ferguson. “He did a ligament at the back of his knee and could be out for two to three weeks.”
Aside from Rooney’s injury, Ferguson announced that three of his players were sidelined due to different reasons.
“Danny Welbeck took ill in the team hotel last night,” Ferguson said. “Ashley Young also got injured yesterday and Phil Jones got injured against Swansea.”
Despite having skipper Nemanja Vidic on the bench against Newcastle, Ferguson did not use him after the centerback made his first start since September at the Liberty Stadium.
“We couldn’t risk Vida after playing his first game,” said Ferguson. “He had a bit of soreness in his knee, which is only to be expected after being out for so long.”