United star hopeful in return mission
Wayne Rooney is hoping to return from a nasty leg injury inside the four weeks initially predicted by Manchester United.
The 26-year-old England international suffered an horrendous gash to his leg in a tackle after coming on as a substitute in United's 3-2 win against Fulham a fortnight ago.
Rooney was ruled out of action for around a month and, although there were reports suggesting he could be out longer, he believes his recovery is on track.
Rooney, who will miss England's World Cup qualifiers against Moldova on Friday and Ukraine next Tuesday, told the Manchester Evening News: "The injury is going well. It could have been a lot worse than what it was. It is up to the doctor. When he declares me fit I will be ready.
"It feels good at the minute. The timescale put on it was four weeks. If that is the time they feel I need for the wound to heal properly then that is what I will do.
"What I don't want to happen is to come back too early when it is not quite healed and it opens up again first game. That would just set me back again another four weeks."