MANCHESTER (Sporting Alert) Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has confirmed that Wayne Rooney will be out for two to three weeks with an injury he suffered during training over the Christmas break.

Rooney was a notable absentee in the Manchester United squad for today’s Premier League clash against Newcastle United at Old Trafford.

His form in the 1-1 draw with Swansea City on Sunday was very poor for a man of his standards, and his absence prompted many to believe the striker was dropped for that reason.

However, United revealed that he was hurt during a morning practice session on Christmas Day before Ferguson confirming the extent of the problem.

Ferguson said Rooney picked a knee ligament injury and is out for a while.

“Rooney has done a ligament at the back of his knee and he will be out for two or three weeks,” the manager told Sky Sports during his post match interview.

Manchester United were without striker Danny Welbeck because of illness and winger Ashley Young, who was also injured on Christmas Day for the Newcastle clash, which left the boss somewhat worried.

“We are running out of ammunition,” he said.

The manager started with Robin van Persie and Javier Hernandez in the thrilling 4-3 win over Newcastle on Wednesday and both strikers scored.

In fact, it was Hernandez who scored the winning goal in the 90th minute of play for Manchester United to go seven points clear of Manchester City at the top of the Premier League table standings.


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