SAF: Rooney out for 2-3 weeks

Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson says Wayne Rooney is

likely to be sidelined for two to three weeks due to an ankle


The England striker was substituted in the 61st minute of

United’s 2-2 draw at Bolton on Sunday and the Premier League club

did not include him in the squad that flew to Spain on Tuesday for

a Champions League match against Valencia.

Ferguson said at a news conference at Valencia’s Mestalla

Stadium that Rooney’s injury would likely sideline the player for

up to three weeks. That could rule him out of England’s European

Championship qualifier against Montenegro on Oct. 12.

Ferguson also said Paul Scholes would be out for 10 days with a

calf injury, while he would decide Wednesday whether to start Rio

Ferdinand against Valencia.