Wayne Rooney believes he will
benefit from an enforced rest and will be fresh for the World Cup in June.
The striker missed Manchester
United’s victory over Tottenham on Saturday because of groin damage sustained
in training, having just returned from an ankle problem that forced him to miss
He was named as the PFA Player of
the Year on Sunday, but he admits his injury problems have been difficult to
“I’m pleased to have done well in a
World Cup year but it’s been a difficult last couple of months injury-wise,”
“I’m disappointed to have missed a
couple of games over the last few weeks. No one likes watching football if
you’re a player, it’s difficult knowing you can’t influence the game. It’s
“But if there’s any consolation
I’ll probably be fresher for the World Cup, which will be good for me.”
Rooney’s outstanding form this
season means that much is expected of him in South Africa, but he insists England
are not a one-man team and that they are capable of winning the tournament.
“We have a lot of world-class
players in the team and a great manager,” he said. “If I get injured then so be
it, there are other players there to do the job.
Rooney hopes to help United claim a
fourth successive Premier League title before leaving for South Africa.
Chelsea are one point clear at the
top of the table with two matches remaining and on paper they have the trickier
run-in with fixtures against Liverpool and Wigan to come, but Rooney insists
United must be ready to pounce should they falter.