Having demanded a move away from Manchester United, then reneged and signed a new contract for 5 more years, and then vowed to win back the trust of the Manchester United fans Wayne Rooney has every reason to want to be on the pitch scoring goals. Unfortunately he has been unable to play for the last couple of weeks because of a niggling ankle injury and it now appears likely, Sir Alex Ferguson confirmed, that he will be out for a few more weeks.
He is suffering from an ankle injury, incidentally the same type of injury that he denied suffering from just a couple of weeks ago in a move of marked defiance against his manager Sir Alex Ferguson. At the time the player was suffering from poor form and a visible lack of confidence, problems that have, in fact, been afflicting him for the past several months and Sir Alex Ferguson wanted to defer some of the unnecessary attention on the player by insisting that the reason for his poor form was a niggling ankle injury. It was a method of deflecting attention away from the player so that his poor form could be attributed to an injury and not because of a connection with the personal problems that have dogged Wayne Rooney off the field since the summer.
The off the field problems surrounding Wayne Rooney concerned his relationship with his wife and his infidelities as alleged by a famous newspaper tabloid in the United Kingdom. Wayne Rooney, though, decided to defy his manager and claim that he had no ankle injury at all, during a press conference when he was with the England squad, around the time of the match with Montenegro for UEFA EURO 2012 qualification.
Now, strangely enough, the same injury which Wayne Rooney denied having is preventing him from appearing on the pitch for his club. In his absence Manchester United have faired fairly well and Javier Hernandez, in particular, has picked up the goalscoring burden and managed to score 4 goals in as many matches. Manchester United will be hoping that Wayne Rooney can return to full fitness in time for the Manchester derby. Wayne Rooney will be guaranteed a hostile reception during the Manchester derby on November 10 as it is widely believed that it was Manchester City Football Club with which he was flirting with, attempting to move away from Old Trafford. Ultimately, though, Wayne Rooney decided to stay and sign a new contract so he spurned the blue club in Manchester and the Manchester City fans will no doubt want to unsettle him.