Having been kicked out of the Champions League on Wednesday, Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney could have played his last for the Red Devils this season after having seriously injured his toe at Allianz Arena.
The English striker injured his toe in the first leg of the Champions League quarter-finals tie against Bayern Munich but was determined to play in the return leg knowing fully well that he was important to the squad. Though he was rested for the weekend Premier League fixture, he turned up at Allianz Arena for the second leg but could not prevent Manchester United from a humiliating exit at the hands of Bayern Munich.
However reports now emerge that Rooney hurt his toe again on Wednesday and hence will not be used by Manchester United for the rest of the season giving the striker plenty of time to get back in shape for the World Cup later this year.
The striker apparently had to take injections to be able to play at Allianz Arena and is suspected to have further aggravated his injury on Wednesday. A source close to Manchester United revealed that though the injury is not serious, it is one that will take time to repair. The source also suggested that Wayne Rooney was not fit to play in the second leg but still played as the team and the manager ‘needed him’.
“The chipped bone will repair itself, but it won’t happen overnight. He had injections in Munich because it was such a huge game and his team needed him, but in truth he shouldn’t have played.”
Having suffered a disastrous campaign under David Moyes this season, Manchester United find themselves not playing for any silverware as the season draws to an end. Kicked out of all the domestic cups, the Champions League was United’s best chances of qualifying for the Europe next season and was also their best hopes of winning a trophy. However a 3-1 defeat at Allianz Arena has ensured that the Red Devil will not fight for any trophy during what Sir Alex Ferguson once called the ‘squeaky bum time’.
The alleged source has revealed that it is due to the fact that Manchester United have little at stake in terms of silverware that the striker might be rested keeping in mind the upcoming World Cup in Brazil later this year.
“The season is coming to an end and United have little at stake, so his main priority now is to make sure he is firing on all cylinders once the World Cup preparations start.”
Though there is no doubt regarding the fact that any injured player must be given time to recover completely before being utilized, one cannot help but wonder at the change that has been brought about since the arrival of David Moyes at Old Trafford. The same United that used to be braving it out on several fronts to win trophies under Sir Alex Ferguson during the ‘squeaky bum time’ is now reduced to resting its most important player knowing that his presence makes little difference to their fortunes.