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14/04/2010 07:50

Papers: Roo back for City

Rooney back for City clash
Wayne Rooney has told boss Sir Alex Ferguson he will be back for the big Manchester derby on Saturday. The England striker was forced to sit out United's last two league matches due to an ankle injury - and the champions struggled without him. He was a surprise starter for the Champions League quarter-final, second leg with Bayern Munich last Wednesday. Rooney lasted only 55 minutes before hobbling out of the tie. But he has told friends the ankle is now fine and that he should be ready to line up at Eastlands.
Martin Blackburn, The Sun

The Sun also picks up on Ryan Giggs' comments that United will not give up the title without a fight.

According to the Mirror, City have hired the artist behind Barack Obama's famous 'Hope' campaign poster to create a new Carlos Tevez advertising campaign ahead of Saturday's derby. The post has a picture of Tevez with the word 'Pasión' below it.

Owen Hargreaves' chances of playing this season for United - and, though it's always been highly unlikely, England at the World Cup - seem to be getting slimmer. The Independent quotes Sir Alex as saying: "It's difficult to say when Owen will be back; he is training well and I had him in the squad for the Chelsea game. His training performances have been fine but at the moment midfield is not an issue for us. We have plenty of alternatives."

Meanwhile, the Guardian claims United are plotting an audacious summer spending spree, to bring in Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema, Valencia playmaker David Silva and, astonishingly, City winger Stephen Ireland - all for a whopping £75m.

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