Wayne Rooney targets Easter return

Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney feels he can make a playing return for Easter.

The striker suffered a knee injury during the defeat at Sunderland on 13 February but is making strides in his recovery after taking a break to help aid his rehabilitation.

“Everything is going as planned,” he told reporters at the announcement of a new global sponsorship with Gulf Oil International at the Aon Training Complex. 

“Rehab is going well but, hopefully, it won’t be too long.

“I don’t know [when I will return]. Obviously, I will miss the international games but, hopefully, it won’t be too long.”

“It’s not too bad but obviously it’s [a case of] just being a bit cautious. It’s difficult to push back. If I tried to push it to be involved now, it could cause more damage.”

“So, being cautious, after the international break is more realistic.”

“I am hoping that, if I am back when I am expected to be back, depending on the two cups we are in, then there could be over 10 games left plus the England games.”

“I was saying before it has been eight games that I have missed. I didn’t realise it was that many so it’s obviously really frustrating.”

“Myself, the manager and the doctor felt it was best for me to get a bit of rest and that is why I went away. That will do me good in the coming weeks.”

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