Wayne Rooney is a major doubt for Manchester United’s UEFA Champions League showdown against Bayern Munich after being ruled out of Saturday’s clash at Newcastle with a toe injury.
Rooney sustained the bruised toe during the second half of United’s 1-1 draw against holders Bayern in the Champions League quarter-final first leg at Old Trafford on Tuesday.
It was hoped Rooney would recover in time to lead the United attack at St James’ Park, but boss David Moyes has revealed the injury is yet to respond to treatment and the England striker is now set to go for a scan to see if there is further damage.
“Wayne’s got a badly bruised toe,” Moyes told MUTV on Friday. “He picked it up in the game the other night. Whether we were going to play him or rest him, it doesn’t matter.
“He’s got a terrible toe and not only will it be a problem for this game, it could be a problem for the Munich game as well on Wednesday. So we need to monitor it. We’ll get him treatment all over the weekend and see if we can speed it up.”
Rooney’s absence against Bayern would be a massive blow to United’s hopes of progressing to the semi-finals as they are already without Dutch striker Robin van Persie, who has been hit by a knee problem.