Rooney reveals lucky escape
Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has thanked the club's medical staff after revealing the potential severity of his injury.
The England international was hurt in the closing stages of last month's victory over Fulham at Old Trafford when a collision with Hugo Rodallega left him with blood pouring from a deep thigh wound.
Rodallega caught him with his studs to leave Rooney facing up to a spell on the sidelines until at least the end of September, but the 26-year-old has now learnt that the incident could have been much more serious.
The United star has since been told the wound came within a millimetre of puncturing the femoral artery, a situation that could have seen him bleed to death within 10 minutes.
Rooney said: "I was quite lucky it didn't cut my muscle.
"I was told it was just one millimetre away from severing an artery. It could have been a lot worse, so thank God for that. I could have been in serious trouble.
"The doctors said a lot of players could have fainted. They tried to cover it up from me in the dressing room and put something in it to stop it being infected, but I told them I wanted to watch. Thankfully, their prompt action prevented serious and possible lasting damage."
PFA chief Gordon Taylor is calling for thorough checks to be carried out on the Fulham forward's boots in the wake of the incident, after questioning the safety of Rodallega's combination of studs and blades.