Rooney misses United training

Rooney had not suggested there was any problem when he tweeted on

Tuesday morning that he was heading for training after dropping son

Kai off at his nursery. However, he was missing as United went

through their paces at their Carrington training complex. In

itself, Rooney’s failure to appear should not be viewed as an

indication he will not be involved in the semi-final second-leg

against Schalke. The 25-year-old England striker also missed a

similar session ahead of United’s meeting with Chelsea in the

quarter-finals and still scored in the Red Devils’ first-leg

victory. In addition Sir Alex Ferguson has also suggested Rooney

will not start on Wednesday night as the Scot intends to select top

scorer Dimitar Berbatov and Michael Owen for a game in which his

side will be defending a 2-0 first leg lead. With a crucial Premier

League encounter with Chelsea to come on Sunday Ferguson will be

giving plenty of thought to the players he intends to choose.

Darren Fletcher, out for two months with a virus, was training and

is available but Brazilian defender Fabio, who suffered a knock in

Sunday’s defeat at Arsenal, did not train and seems unlikely to be

involved. Denmark keeper Anders Lindegaard has recovered from the

knee ligaments injury that has ruled him out for a couple of months

should Ferguson wish to rest first choice keeper Edwin van der Sar.