Knee injury rules Rooney out for two or three weeks

LONDON Wed Dec 26, 2012 11:58pm IST

Manchester United's Wayne Rooney gestures before being booked for a foul, during their English Premier League soccer match at the Liberty Stadium in Swansea, South Wales, December 23, 2012. REUTERS/Rebecca Naden

Manchester United's Wayne Rooney gestures before being booked for a foul, during their English Premier League soccer match at the Liberty Stadium in Swansea, South Wales, December 23, 2012.

Credit: Reuters/Rebecca Naden

LONDON (Reuters) - Wayne Rooney faces two or three weeks on the sidelines after the Manchester United striker injured his knee in training ahead of Wednesday's Premier League clash with Newcastle United.

Rooney did not start in the 4-3 victory at Old Trafford and manager Alex Ferguson said the striker would miss the rest of the busy holiday fixtures.

"Wayne did it in training yesterday, he could be out for two, three weeks," Ferguson told United's website (www.manutd.com) on Wednesday.

"He did it towards the end of training yesterday. He did it when trying a volley - he strained a ligament behind the knee. It's unfortunate."

United next host West Bromwich Albion on Saturday and then travel to Wigan Athletic on January 1 as they seek to widen their lead at the top of the table, currently seven points.

Rooney's absence failed to blunt United's attack as Mexican Javier Hernandez took his place and scored a 90th minute winner after Newcastle had taken the lead three times.

Robin Van Persie was also on target for United, scoring his 13th Premier League goal of the season to move level at the top of the scoring charts with Michu of Swansea City. Rooney has scored seven times in the league this season.

(Reporting by Martyn Herman, Editing by Tom Pilcher)

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