Wayne Rooney suffers 'only' minor ligament damage

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England star Wayne Rooney has received a World Cup boost as he was told his ankle injury was just minor ligament damage.

The Manchester United forward picked up the injury in the dying seconds of his side's 2-1 defeat to Bayern Munich in Tuesday night's Champions League clash.

He was on crutches as the team flew back from Germany last Wednesday, and as soon as the flight landed in Manchester, he was whisked by car to the city's Bridgwater Hospital where Rooney had a scan.

United have confirmed it showed there is no break, which means Rooney's presence in South Africa should not be threatened.

The injury, though, is expected to rule him out for a month, potentially missing all but two of United's six remaining Premier League fixtures.

A United statement read: "Manchester United have confirmed the extent of Wayne Rooney's injury, sustained in Tuesday night's match against Bayern Munich.

"A spokesperson told ManUtd.com, 'We're pleased to report that Wayne has not suffered a fracture. The scan revealed only minor ligament damage.'

"For now, the club is not commenting on how many games Wayne is likely to miss. However, Sir Alex Ferguson will say more about the matter in his regular press conference at Carrington on Friday morning."

The sight of Rooney hobbling on crutches was an action replay of his 2006 scare - when a broken bone in his foot made him doubtful for that year's World Cup.

Rooney did make the 2006 tournament after recovering from a fractured metatarsal, but he was sent off as England went out to Portugal on penalties in the quarter-finals.

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