The Wayne Rooney rumour mill is in full swing again after the striker was sent home from Manchester United’s pre-season tour of Asia with, according to the club, a hamstring injury.

United say Rooney will be out of action for a month due to the muscle problem sustained in training, just two days ahead of United’s first pre-season friendly against a Singha All Star XI.

A club statement said: ‘Following a scan this evening on a hamstring injury sustained in training, it has been decided Wayne Rooney should return home immediately for further assessment and rehabilitation.’

If he is out for a month it would probably mean missing the Community Shield against Wigan at Wembley on August 11.

And it is also hard to see how Rooney could play in the following week’s clash between England and Scotland, or be a part of United’s Premier League opener at Swansea on August 17.

The England international has been linked with an Old Trafford exit this summer after he was believed to have handed in a transfer request to Sir Alex Ferguson at the end of last season.

Chelsea, Arsenal and a host of European sides including Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona, have all been ready to fight over his signature, but new United boss David Moyes insisted the 27-year-old is not for sale when questioned in his first press conference last week.

Manchester United announced the news on their Twitter feed (Picture: Twitter)
Manchester United announced the news on their Twitter feed (Picture: Twitter)

But speculation is still rife regarding the striker’s future at the Premier League champions, with questions being asked as to whether it was Rooney who said he wants to stay at the club, or Moyes simply refusing to sell.

And with the former Everton youngster now being sent home just days into United’s pre-season preparations – as confirmed on the club’s new Twitter account – Rooney’s Old Trafford career appears to be nearing its conclusion.

source: Metro UK