Wayne Rooney heads to the USA for conditioning work

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Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney will head out to the USA this weekend to continue his rehabilitation from an ankle injury.

The 25-year-old England international has been under the microscope for his off-field behaviour in recent times, as well as hitting the headlines over his new contract at Old Trafford.

That has prompted United to try and take Rooney out of the spotlight, with assistant manager Mike Phelan confirming that the forward will head to Niketown in Portland, Oregon.

Phelan said:"What we are intending to do with Wayne is send him to Nike Town in the USA for a week's conditioning training.

"We have decided, with Wayne, the medical team and the coaching staff that it would be the best thing for him. He is going on Saturday and will return the following Saturday.

"It is a week's intensive conditioning, under the supervision of our medical team and our sports science department.

"We have the facilities. We just thought it might be in the interests of him and the club to have a change of scenery for a little while.

"He has had a lot of attention lately and we want to give him the best opportunity that he possibly can to be in good shape when he returns.

"He needs the conditioning. We all agree with that. He can go there without the attention he would get around here.

"If that goes according to plan, he will be available when he returns."

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