Papers: Boots under scrutiny
Wayne's gear is 'not to blame'
Wayne Rooney's latest foot injury has nothing to do with his Total90 Laser boots, Nike claimed last night.
Charlie Brooks, the company's UK spokesman, said: "It was an impact injury sustained when being challenged by the defender and Wayne has simply been unlucky. Nike and Wayne himself are positive there is no link between Wayne's injury and his boots." Gerard Hartmann, an elite athletes' physiotherapist who has worked for Nike as a consultant, insisted the type of injury sustained by Rooney is nothing new. "It's not the footwear but the demands placed on athletes, be they footballers or whoever," he said. "The twisting, turning and pivoting movements make football a very intense game and it's like anything - if you keep bending a wire hanger then it will be okay 20 times and then snap the 21st time."Mark Alford, Daily Mail
Rooney's boots are the hot topic in the tabloids, with yesterday's unveiling of Carlos Tevez
running a close second. The Daily Mail
quote Sir Alex as saying he's confident the Argentina international can step into the sole strikers' role. The Daily Mirror
's David McDonnell also believes Tevez has what it takes to make it at Old Trafford. He says the 23-year-old will be a bigger hit than fellow South Americans Juan Sebastian Veron, Diego Forlan and Kleberson. The same paper reports that United are interested in Lens goalkeeper Charles Itandje
as cover for Edwin van der Sar
Elsewhere, the papers are worried that Rooney's injury will impact on England's chances of a successful Euro 2008 qualification. Rooney could miss four vital matches and it's unclear who manager Steve Maclaren will call on to lead England's attack in his absence.