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Rooney ‘gutted’ to miss United tour
Wayne Rooney has admitted he is "gutted" to miss Manchester United's tour of the Far East and Australia - but at least he should be fit for the new season. Incredibly less than 16 hours after his arrival in Thailand, Rooney was on his way home again after scans revealed he had torn his hamstring. United immediately took the decision to send the 27-year-old back to the UK - even though he had only landed that morning. It means Rooney will miss visits to Australia - including a planned trip to State of Origin, Japan and Hong Kong - in addition to United's tour opener against Singha All Stars in Bangkok on Saturday."Gutted to have picked up a niggling injury especially as training was going so well, heading back to Manchester to have it assessed fully but early indications are nothing to worry about," said Rooney on his Facebook page as he headed for the airport. If Rooney is ruled out for a month it would mean he could feature in the Community Shield against Wigan at Wembley on August 11. The incident came just a day after manager David Moyes revealed United staff had told him Rooney had returned for pre-season training in his best shape for years.
In the Telegraph, Gary Neville explains why he feels United supporters will get behind Rooney this coming season – despite speculation linking him with a move away from Old Trafford. “I think the fans will be fine with him. He has been too good a player, and a great player for Manchester United, the fans accept that. Obviously they want players to be committed to the club and the one thing about Wayne Rooney is that, wherever he plays his football, and whatever is going on, he is always 100 per cent committed to what he does. He won’t have a problem winning them over.”
Elsewhere, many of today’s papers include Pep Guardiola’s comments about wanting to sign reported United target Thiago Alcantara - comments we published in The Gossip on Thursday.