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Injured Rooney arrives for training

Manchester United's Wayne Rooney arrives at Don Muang International Airport, ahead of Saturday's soccer friendly against the Thailand Singha All Stars
Man United striker Wayne Rooney arrived for training on Tuesday despite an injured shoulder.
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Wantaway Manchester United star Wayne Rooney arrived at the club's training ground on Tuesday morning as speculation intensifies over his future.

The 27-year-old forward has not travelled to Sweden for a friendly at the weekend because of an injured shoulder while newspapers are claiming the England forward is facing a dressing-room revolt over his alleged desire for an Old Trafford exit.

United seem intent on clinging on to Rooney after rejecting a second bid of around £30m by Chelsea and new manager David Moyes insisting over the last few weeks that the forward was not for sale.

"Wayne hurt his shoulder in a fall during a match on Saturday," Moyes told the United website. "It's not too serious and I don't expect it to keep him out for too long.

"I'm disappointed he's missing the game because we were keen to get him back involved and ready to play."

After two friendlies against AIK Solna and Sevilla over the next week, the Premier League champions will begin their defence on August 17 at Swansea six days after playing Wigan in the Community Shield at Wembley.

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However, with four weeks left in the transfer window, Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho will be carefully weighing up his options as he considers making his next move to snare Rooney.

The former Everton star has two years left on his current deal at United and is reportedly ready to force a transfer through by handing in a written transfer request.

On Monday, a United spokesman reiterated the club's defiant stance and said: "A bid was received on Sunday and immediately rejected. Our position remains that he is not for sale."

Nemanja Vidic will skipper the United side in Sweden after missing the first leg of the tour due to a sciatica problem, while Portuguese winger Bebe, signed for £7.4m in 2010 but yet to start a game in the Premier League, is also in the squad.

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