Rooney could return against City

Manchester United could welcome Wayne Rooney back from injury for Saturday's derby encounter with Manchester City at Eastlands.

Rooney has not played in the Premier League since March 21 but Sir Alex Ferguson has confirmed that the 34-goal striker has returned to training this week and could play some part in a must-win game for the champions.

Rooney missed last weekend's goalless draw with Blackburn Rovers after suffering a recurrence of an ankle ligament problem during the Champions League defeat to Bayern Munich.

"We'll have to wait to see what he's like (in training) today," explained Ferguson at his pre-match press briefing.

"He's done some good work over the last few days. The big problem is that all the players want to play. But we have to be 100 per cent sure that Wayne is ready."

Meanwhile, Ferguson has also revealed the Rio Ferdinand and Ryan Giggs both have outside chances of playing.

Ferdinand picked up a groin problem at Ewood Park last Sunday while Giggs is being troubled by a hamstring strain.

"They're behind Wayne in progress," added Ferguson."They've done jogging but again we'll have to see how they do today.

"It's a pivotal week of the season for four teams – ourselves, Manchester City, Chelsea and Spurs.

"Being selfish, we obviously hope that we and Spurs (who take on league leaders Chelsea) both win."

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