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19/09/2012 08:15

Papers: Rooney to return?

The Daily Mail reports...

Rooney makes stunning recovery from injury
Wayne Rooney could make a shock return for Manchester United in Wednesday night's Champions League clash with Galatasaray. The striker was expected to be out until October after suffering an horrific thigh injury against Fulham on August 25. The 26-year-old received a deep gash in his right leg in an accidental clash with Fulham’s Hugo Rodallega. But Rooney has stunned United’s medics with his swift recovery and has been back in training for five days, reports The Sun. And Rooney could even be on the bench for United's Champions League opener at Old Trafford. The England striker will almost certainly be available for Sunday’s Premier League showdown with Liverpool at Anfield. Rooney, who is wearing light strapping to avoid infection, took his first steps towards a comeback last week with a light outdoor session and gym work.  And he stepped up his recovery by taking part in full training on Tuesday.

The Sun claims Steven Gerrard and Nemanja Vidic will stand together and lead an emotional tribute to the Hillsborough victims at Anfield on Sunday. Liverpool have revealed plans for Vidic and rival skipper Gerrard to release 96 red balloons before Manchester United’s clash at Liverpool. The clubs are hopeful the show of unity also spreads to the stands and stops any tasteless chants from supporters.

Elsewhere, Sir Alex Ferguson has led the tributes to Brian Woolnough, the chief sports writer of the Daily Star and host of Sky Sports’ Sunday Supplement who died on Tuesday aged 63 after a long battle with bowel cancer. “He was a good man, a good journalist, with a good personality,’’ said the boss. “He asked good questions, sometimes too good!’’

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