Rooney has been unavailable since aggravating a pre-existing groin injury during the New Years’ Day defeat to Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford. Since then, the talismanic Reds forward has taken a warm-weather break to help accelerate his rehabilitation.
Speaking during his pre-match press conference at the Aon Training Complex on Friday, Moyes was encouraged by the 29-year-old’s speedy recovery but remained cautious about setting a return date. “Wayne’s come back, he’s fresh but he’s not ready for Chelsea,” the boss told reporters.
“He’s training, he’s on the grass, doing some running and looking quite good. He’s had a break, done a lot of strengthening work around his groin and hopefully enjoyed a few days in the sunshine as well. Hopefully he’ll benefit from it, but not for this game.
“I don’t want to put a date on it just now as I don’t want to say he’ll be fit for whatever game and then I find he’s not, but we’ve just got to take it bit by bit. I’ve watched him running today; he looks well and is in really good condition.
“He’s kept himself right and has worked with one of our fitness coaches, who travelled with him. Overall,