FOOTBALL NEWS

07/09/2012 14:00, Report by Nick Coppack

Wayne Rooney: I was lucky

Wayne Rooney considers himself lucky, despite requiring surgery on a gashed right thigh following Manchester United’s recent 3-2 win against Fulham.

The England striker’s leg was ripped open in the dying minutes of last month’s Barclays Premier League clash when Hudo Rodallega’s studs accidentally came down on his thigh. Footage of the incident shocked viewers and team-mate Danny Welbeck recoiled in horror at the sight of the wound.

Remarkably, Rooney insists “it didn’t hurt at all” and said doctors told him the damage could have been far worse.

“I was quite lucky it didn’t touch any of my muscle and the surgeon said it was 1mm or 2mm away from my artery,” he revealed.

Rooney also spoke at length to ManUtd.com and MUTV about his four title-winning seasons at Old Trafford. You can watch that exclusive video interview, in four daily instalments, here on ManUtd.com from Saturday 8 September (08:00 BST).

Wayne Rooney was speaking at the launch of his new book, My Decade In The Premier League , out 13 September through Harper Collins.

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