Date: 13th August 2007 at 2:32pm
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United’s 21-year-old talisman will miss two months due to the hairline fracture in his left foot.

Rooney has sustained the injury against Reading on Sunday and the first reports were talking about a 4-6 week absence. However, the situation is more serious than that.

‘It will be two months out,’ said Sir Alex. ‘To be on the safe side, we would say it is going to be two months, but hopefully he can come back quicker.’

Well, it looks good, doesn’t it? Next games are Portsmouth (away), City (a) and Spurs (home). We could not beat Reading, arguably the easiest fixture of the opening five and now we’ve lost Wayne Rooney, hitherto the only fully fit striker we had.

Nike should really examine their boots – the frequency with which Rooney suffers foot fracture is pretty alarming.