Rooney hurt in training again... is Moyes going too far?
Man United striker sat out the clash with Shakhtar Donetsk but should be fit for England
IS Wayne Rooney's new-found commitment to Manchester United going too far? The striker was missing from David Moyes's team against Shakhtar Donetsk last night after sustaining another injury in training.
This time he was suffering from a swollen shin, sustained in a collision with team-mate Danny Welbeck, who took advantage of Rooney's absence to score for United in their 1-1 draw in Ukraine.
The prognosis for Rooney is better than it was after his last accident, when he suffered a horrific gash on his head after clashing with Phil Jones, and subsequently missed United's defeat to Liverpool and two vital England games.
This time he is expected to be fit for United's match against Sunderland at the weekend and England's World Cup qualifiers next week.
"Moyes revealed that he had already decided to start with Rooney on the substitutes’ bench before the injury, but with United due to face Sunderland at the Stadium of Light on Saturday, the Scot expects the forward to return to action on Wearside," says the Daily Telegraph.
However, Rooney has now sustained two injuries on the training field this season, and there have been rumours of disquiet in the United squad about the "intensity" of Moyes's methods.
Rooney himself appears to have no problem with a more robust approach, and is also looking fitter than usual. "The training is a bit different under the new manager," Rooney revealed to the Daily Mail last month. "I remember it from Everton, it's more intense. But that's helping me. I feel good and am glad to be out playing."
However, not everyone agrees. Marouane Fellaini, who, like Moyes, arrived at United from Everton this summer, said that he had a "problem" with practice at his new club, claiming that Moyes had increased the workload at his new club.
Back in July Dutch fitness specialist Raymond Verheijen also criticised Moyes over his training methods after Robin van Persie was forced out of a game on United's pre-season tour of Asia. He said that the striker was suffering from muscle problems because he had been "overtrained". ·