Manchester United suffer blow as key man’s injury serious

Manchester United are set to be without skipper and attacking talisman Wayne Rooney for a month longer than anticipated, according to The Mirror.

The England international centre forward has been on the sidelines in recent weeks after picking up a serious knee injury.

Rooney was expected to be out of contention until early April, with his potential comeback supposedly set to be against former club Everton.

However, the latest report suggests that the veteran attacker needs more time to rehabilitate and as such could well be sidelined until May.

This would mean that Rooney would only return for the last couple of domestic fixtures for United, which continues to leave Louis van Gaal short of attacking options.

Rooney will miss international friendlies against Holland and Germany in the lead-up to Euro 2016, but there is no suggestion that the gifted forward will not be available for the competition in France this June.