FOOTBALL NEWS

21/09/2012 12:20, Report by M Froggatt, G Thompson
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Boss rules out Rooney

Sir Alex Ferguson has no fresh injury concerns ahead of Sunday’s meeting with Liverpool, confirming that everybody who featured against Galatasaray is fit for the trip to Anfield.

Speaking at his weekly press conference at Carrington, the boss also gave an update on the fitness of Wayne Rooney and Ashley Young, who are both unavailable this weekend due to a gashed thigh and bruised cartilage respectively.

“Everyone who was involved on Wednesday is available,” said Sir Alex. “I know there were reports in the paper about Rooney being possible, but that is not the case. He's not far away, I think he may be fine for next week.

“He's doing a lot of great training and has been working hard. It's just a matter of getting him into the full football training side of things, which he has done part of.

“Ashley Young has got a bruised cartilage - I think it's going to take two or three weeks more for him. We're just taking our time with that one. You can easily play with it and train but we're not going down that road, we want to make sure he's okay.

“We get a lot of experiences these days of injuries reoccurring when they come back too quickly and we don't want that with the players - we want to give them a full recovery. He should be okay with two or three weeks’ time.”

When quizzed on the fitness of Darren Fletcher, who made a brief cameo against Galatasaray on Wednesday, Sir Alex outlined his plan to field the Scottish midfielder against Newcastle United in the Capital One Cup, before hinting at a possible role against Spurs in the following Barclays Premier League fixture.

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