MUNICH (Sporting Alert) — Wayne Rooney will take a pain-killing injection for his toe in an attempt to feature for Manchester United in their Champions League quarter-final second leg tie at Bayern Munich on Wednesday night.
CHAMPIONS LEAGUE QUARTER-FINAL SECOND LEG
MANCHESTER UNITED AT BAYERN MUNICH
Venue: Allianz Arena
Date: Wednesday, 9 April
Kick-off: 2:45 EST
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Rooney has been in-and-out of training this week with the toe problem that forced him to miss the win over Newcastle United in the EPL at the weekend, but United manager David Moyes says the England forward is expected to play.
Ashley Young, who was replaced early in the first half against Newcastle on Saturday because of a torn ligaments in his hand, Patrice Evra (knee) and Ryan Giggs (groin) all took part in Man United’s training session, but still remain doubtful for the game.
Defender Rafael (thigh) and midfielder Marouane Fellaini (ill) did not train.
“I’m looking forward to the game,” Moyes said at his press conference. “It’s a second leg with the opportunity to go through, and we’ll do everything we can to reach the final.
“This is the hardest level of the competition so far.”
He added: “We’ll need a good performance from everybody. We can’t have any passengers. All my players are well prepared. We did all we can to prepare properly for this game.
“We will have to win this ‘final’ to get to the next stage. It is like a cup final, even if it is just the second leg.”
Bayern Munich, the defending champions, meanwhile, will be without the suspended Bastian Schweinsteiger and Javi Martínez. Midfielder Thiago Alcántara (knee) is still out, while Diego Contento (foot) and Xherdan Shaqiri (thigh) both have injury concerns.
Manchester United and Bayern Munich played to a 1-1 draw in the first leg at Old Trafford last week, although the visitors had the majority of the possession.
“One-all is a risky scoreline, we could not win in Manchester,” Bayern manager Pep Guardiola said. “But I am sure we will go through.
“We need a good performance and we want to win the game.”