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Roo can have three weeks off
Sir Alex Ferguson is giving Wayne Rooney three weeks off. He will not play again until Manchester United take on West Brom at Old Trafford on October 16. And that means Rooney could be unavailable for England's home Euro 2012 qualifier with Montenegro in two weeks' time. Officially boss Ferguson is leaving out his 24-year-old frontman because of a right ankle problem. The Scot said yesterday: "He will be out for two or three weeks. It is a straightforward ankle ligament injury." But the manager admitted last week the pressure of public attention on the player is starting to weigh him down. An extended break will help recharge his batteries.
Neil Custis, The Sun
The Sun also says that Michael Carrick is set to start for United for the first time since the Community Shield win over Chelsea back in August. He's been suffering with an Achilles problem.
The Daily Star says another player, Rio Ferdinand, will be back in the team at the Mestalla. Says Sir Alex: "Rio’s had plenty of training and a couple of games, but he probably needs another game or two to be back at his best."