Moyes hopeful over Rooney injury

Manchester United manager David Moyes is hopeful that Wayne

Rooney will be back over the Christmas period after the England

striker missed the League Cup quarterfinal win over Stoke on

Wednesday night.

Rooney was not included in the squad that won 2-0 at Stoke to

advance to the last four due to an unspecified injury.

Rooney was withdrawn from United’s match at Aston Villa in the

Premier League last weekend ”although there has been no

confirmation as to the extent of the problem,” United said.

With United already 10 points behind leader Arsenal in the

league standings and Robin van Persie also sidelined with a thigh

injury, Rooney’s injury comes at a bad time for United. The club

plays four league games between Dec. 21 and Jan. 1.

When asked whether Rooney would be fit over the festive period,

Moyes said: ”We hope so.”